Covid: Do first Janssen-vaccinees need a third dose?

Published by Cécile D. · Published on 12 January 2022 at 15h10
Janssen vaccine was distinguishing itself because it only requires one jab, enough to be protected against Covid-19. The health authorities decided a second dose was necessary at least four weeks after the first one. Is a third dose needed like for the other jabs? Keep reading to find out more.

Simple and effective: with only one shot, Janssen vaccine promised to protect us against Covid-19, where the other vaccines require two doses. This asset disappeared: a booster shot has been required in late 2021 for all those first vaccinated with Janssen. They now have to prepare themselves to get a third dose, as most adults vaccinated.

Four weeks after their dose of Janssen, French people involved have had to get a booster. This new injection was to be completed with a mRNA vaccine. In their recommendation from August 24, 2021, the HAS recommended: for “people vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine, a booster shot with an mRNA vaccine (Comirnaty® or Spikevak®) is possible from 4 weeks after the first injection”.

To keep their health passes activated with the vaccinal certification, people have had to get their booster before December 15, 2021.

The vaccinal journey of people who chose Janssen no longer stops at the second dose. Three months after their second jab, they are eligible to a third dose: their second booster. This third dose is also necessary to keep the health pass or upcoming vaccinal pass, the French government's website reads.

Furthermore, if you have been first vaccinated with Janssen, you must have your booster before December 25, 2021. Three months past this second dose, you need to get a third one to keep your pass. Please note if you have been infected with Covid-19 after your second dose, you do not need to do the 3rd dose now. You will still be protected and keep your pass up to three months past the positive test date, the Health Minister website reads.

As of January 6, 2022, and according to CovidTracker, France reports 1,071,591 people vaccinated with Jansse. To the same date, Santé Publique France announced about 34% of the French have been given their booster.

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