Why ARS Bretagne remains cautious in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic?

Through Hugo Murtas
Published on 19 Oct 21 at 12:40

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Despite positive vaccination figures in the region, several points encourage ARS Bretagne to maintain its vigilance regarding the management of the epidemic. (© Illustration / Adobe stock)

Maintain the vigilance threshold. Tuesday, October 19, 2021, To Rennes, l’Brittany Regional Health Agency a took stock of the epidemic situation in the region.

The opportunity for Stephane Mulliez, Director General, to recall the good figures concerning vaccination while evoking the reasons which push the ARS to maintain your vigilance threshold before winter arrives.

In this month of October 2021, three points crystallize attention: contain the rebound in incidence rate, speed up vaccination of 25-49 year olds and improve the care of patients with long Covid.

Rebound in incidence rate

Between early September and early October, the incidence rate in Brittany went from 110 to 26 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Two weeks later, this rate experienced a augmentation of 27% to reach 34 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in mid-October.

Added to this is an increase in clusters within places of activities for seniors as well as a stabilisation hospitalizations at 279 patients after a sharp drop in September.

These are sufficient reasons for ARS Bretagne to recall the importance of vaccination and compliance with barrier measures.

Vaccination figures in Brittany

82% of people vaccinated
94% of first-time vaccines in 12-17 year olds
279 people hospitalized
Incidence rate at 34 cases / 100,000 inhabitants
30% of eligible people received their booster dose of the vaccine

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Vaccinate more in the 25-49 age group

Brittany remains one of the regions which vaccinates the most in France. In October 2021, near 82% of Bretons have a complete vaccination schedule and 94% 12-17 year olds have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Behind these “very positive” figures, the director of ARS Bretagne wants accelerate vaccination in the working population aged between 25 and 49 years old. Despite 90% of first-time vaccines in this category, it is still the least vaccinated in the region, especially compared to adolescents and seniors.

The ARS also encourages eligible people to complete their booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. “To date, only 30% of eligible people have benefited from a recall,” said Stephane Mulliez.

Who can benefit from a booster dose so far?

To date, those eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine booster are:

– People over 65 years old
– People deemed to be at risk
– Health professionals

Improve the care of patients with long-term Covid

In October 2021, 125 requests from patients with long Covid have been identified by ARS Bretagne throughout the Rennes basin.

The latter wishes to improve the care of these people who continue to feel the symptoms of Covid several months after their contamination.

For this, the ARS has already released an envelope of 200,000 euros. An investment that should allow for better former health workers. She also wishes to accompany patients in their rehabilitation, in particular by taking charge of respiratory rehabilitation sessions or sessions with the psychologist.

The ARS recalled that “vaccination was still more effective in alleviating the prolonged symptoms of patients with long Covid”.

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