The French government has allowed people over 65s with co-morbidities to get AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. France has reversed its earlier stance of not allowing adult people over 65s to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
The French health minister has said that old aged people between 65 and 74 facing co-morbidities can get the Astrazeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. Earlier, France cited the lack of proper data for old age people as the reason for restricting the use of the Covid-19 for them.
Now, French Health Minister Olivier Véran has cleared that old age people with co-morbidities such as high BP or diabetes can easily get Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from hospitals and pharmacies. The permission is granted for people above 50 and it also included those aged between 65 & 75.
For people above 75 years of age, Pfizer or Moderna jabs will be made available in vaccination centers. Earlier in January, French President Emmanuel Macron clearly rejected the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine for older age groups.
His remark received stringent opposition from UK officials and scientists. Recently, the French President took a U-turn after a European Council meeting and declared the administration of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for older people.
With the availability of more data about Astrazeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, it is now declared safe to use for older people. According to the French health ministry, a total of 273,000 AstraZeneca doses have been given to people in France out of the total 1.7 million received by February month.
The vaccination drive in France has been given a push due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country. Until now, around 3 million people have received any type of Covid-19 vaccine in France.