Alain is 68, has received three doses of vaccines against Covid-19 and is one of “the first” to do the “bivalent” one at the main vaccination center in Nice, rue Hancy. Since Monday morning, these doses which “act against the initial strain of the coronavirus” and against the Omicron variant are available “with or without an appointment” and were apparently eagerly awaited. “As much as possible to be covered and protected”, exclaims the Nice who had made an appointment for his wife and him in his pharmacy but was never called back.
“Pharmacists had been receiving packets with six doses for a fortnight but only called patients back if they had the exact number so as not to waste any vaccines, explains Véronique Giorsetti, head of the center’s vaccination service. On our side, every morning for three weeks, we have been bombarded with calls to find out if we could finally deliver these new vaccines ”. Some people even showed up before their appointment on Monday to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
“An immunity boost for the winter”
At 3 p.m., at the Hancy center, more than 50 people had already presented themselves to the doctors. “We will easily end the day with 70 patients”, assures Véronique Giorsetti again. A “success” compared to the past few weeks when only “twenty people” traveled every day. “We are far from the 180 people during the summer but we feel a craze. It is assumed that it is related to school holidays. Many grandparents want to protect themselves even more to welcome and keep their grandchildren safe. »
In general, the official observed that the “over 60s were very receptive to reminders” and that the fact that it was a bivalent vaccine “has increased the desire to be vaccinated”. “We still don’t really know how the virus evolves with these variants, but we know that an immunity boost to cover the winter is important for more fragile people”, she underlines. Another reminder will surely be necessary for those over 80 in February or March.
“Viral circulation remains stable”
This vaccination campaign targets people over 60, those with comorbidities that expose them to severe forms, but also pregnant women, immunocompromised people regardless of their age, children and adolescents at high risk suffering from pathologies , the entourage of these people and those who are in regular contact with them as well as health professionals. For people over 80, residents of nursing homes and immunocompromised, this booster dose can be administered from three months after the last, and from six months for the others. A good way to protect yourself with “the arrival of winter and other viruses”, supports the head of the service in Nice.
According to the latest point from the Paca regional health agency published last week, “viral circulation remained stable” with an incidence rate of 389 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the Alpes-Maritimes and a positivity rate of 21.4%. The national average is 565 people per 100,000 inhabitants.
The organization notes a “slight increase” in conventional hospitalizations and critical care. Fifteen patients were in intensive care and 141 in conventional hospitalizations in the department. In total, almost 17% of critical care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients.