June 24, 2021

Vaccination of obese people, a blind spot in the vaccination campaign


Only half of people suffering from obesity in France received a first injection while they represented one in two patients in intensive care last April.

At a time when the threshold of 30 million first-vaccinated French people is about to be crossed, a few days ahead of the June 15 target launched by the government, only 47% of people suffering from severe obesity received a first dose according to Health Insurance. However, eight million in France, they present a high risk of developing serious forms. In April, at the peak of the third wave, half of the patients in intensive care were suffering from obesity. In addition, among the 110,000 victims of Covid-19, 46% were overweight. Characteristics which make it a particularly vulnerable public and whose vaccination was not open to them until May 1, a decision too late for the associations.

Yet less than five million people suffering from obesity have come to the doors of vaccination centers. How to explain that they are so few in number unlike other diseases such as diabetes (66% of first-time vaccines),

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