Coronavirus: should French already contaminated be vaccinated?

Published by Laurent P., Rizhlaine F. · Published on 8 January 2021 at 18h57 · Updated on 11 January 2021 at 11h18
At the dawn of the Covid vaccination campaign in France, this Saturday December 19, 2020 the Haute Autorité de Santé has issued a release. It addresses the usefulness issue of having people already infected with coronavirus vaccinated. An issue addressed this Friday January 8, 2021 by Paris Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière immunology unit head Guy Gorochov.

The coronavirus epidemic keeps on spreading in France and the country is about to make another step in the fight against Covid-19: vaccine. The vaccine campaign is about to begin and even though France has planned the strategy depending on the priority populations, there are still questions especially when it comes to the usefulness to vaccinate people that have been infected by the virus already.

This Saturday December 19, 2020, the Haute Autorité de Santé has addressed the issue in a release. It wrote that systematically vaccinating the French infected with Covid-19 was not relevant. Yet, nothing prevents them from being vaccinated if they wish as long as there is no specific severe adverse effect. It also writes that so far, no one knows about the possible advantages of vaccinating somebody that has been ill already, adding that if people wish to get vaccinated, they should wait at least for three weeks after being infected.

This Friday January 8, 2021, same thing again, but this time it is Paris Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière immunology unit head Guy Gorochov who adds grist to the mill to La Dépêche as for likely vaccination after being contaminated. He explained it was not useful to wait for three months - as recommended by the HAS - saying there is "no risk, but it is not truly effective. For people the least at risk, not given priority, we can consider waiting between six months and one year after Covid-19 contamination".

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