Alain Fischer, coordinator of the French Covid-19 vaccination campaign, said the country could achieve collective immunity against the virus by this fall, calling on segments of the population still reluctant to get vaccinated to help to cope with the highly transmissible Delta variant.
In an interview with RTL radio on Monday, Fisher noted that “vaccination is progressing very rapidly these days,” making it possible to achieve collective immunity by the fall, reports the Xinhua news agency.
“The Delta variant is very contagious and requires a vigorous vaccination campaign to achieve herd immunity,” he said.
Collective immunity is achieved when 90% of the population over 12 years of age is vaccinated or protected because they have been infected.
To date, France has fully vaccinated more than 35 million citizens out of around 67 million, according to the Ministry of Health.
Fischer warned that “no one is immune from the severe form of infection,” noting that unvaccinated people “make up most of those” who suffer from severe forms of the respiratory disease.
When asked whether vaccination should be mandatory, the immunologist said such a measure would be necessary if the virus continues to circulate and herd immunity is still out of reach.
“It is a duty of collective protection. We protect people’s lives, protect our hospital system, which can be threatened at any time by the resurgence of the pandemic,” he said.
To counter a sharp increase in Covid-19 infections, the French government has decided to make vaccination compulsory for health workers and to impose the use of the âhealth passâ in a wider range of public places, in particular restaurants and cafes, shopping malls, gyms. and even hospitals except in emergencies.
As of Tuesday morning, France reported a total of 6,218,526 confirmed coronavirus cases and 112,107 deaths.
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