Covid winter 2022 + new vaccine - France update

Just had a phonecall from our Pharmacy… quite a surprise… however, the “lady in charge” tells me they’ve received new instructions (seems they’re changing daily) and she wanted to stress that anyone who was “at risk” no matter what age… should discuss asap the possibility of getting an anti-covid jab… of whatever variety.

She knows I post on a forum and wanted me to update everyone… (no sooner said than done :+1:)


As it says… the standard covid vaccines are not obsolete…

updated 20h58 Wedesday:

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Researchers, albeit the new vaccines have only been tested on mice, seem to say that there is little to compare in results with the previous vaccine boosters. So, it’s get whichever is offered as soon as you are eligible, because this virus is not “just like the flu”.

I will be having the Moderna bi-valent adapted vaccine tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes.

My SiL had one last week in UK and was woozy for 3 days.


My last one was Moderna after the previous two Pfizer and it made me, my son and daughter (in US) very sore in the arm and fluey for a few days, it was totally different to the first ones and their after effects which were nil.

and… just to clarify…

Friday 11.39am

Had mine (4th) yesterday, plus 'flu. Now feeling slightly under the weather and a distinctly sore arm.

How effective it will be remains to be seen, Omicron is good at evading immunity - this jab was the Moderna one, now called Spikevax; I’m actually not sure if it was the bivalent one despite the NHS trumpeting that it would be used - the NHS app doesn’t mention the word “bivalent” so I guess not.

Just be assured its world beating! :wink:

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Or something. Though that was mainly a Johnson sound bite - I haven’t heard Truss** come out with it yet.

** an actual truss would be better at being PM, at least that has a use.

Yes it contains rather than speaks bollix

France: 7th Oct 16h23

@lebeuil1 this thread talks about France and the covid jabs…

Basically… the 8th wave need not be horrific… if folk go and get their Covid 2,3,4 vaccines…
seems too many are way behind… and those with 4 already are urged to get their 5th.
The Omicron variant is mutating, but not so dangerous, the original Covid is still the main threat.

out today… another way of saying it… 8th wave could have a moderate impact… if… the majority of us get vaccinated against covid itself…

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Hi I understand the UK has the ‘bivalent’ is that the word ? Covid _ omicron for over 75’s, and there’s been 4 jabs so far for France?

We’ve had the first two jabs in France then the top-up in the UK exactly 6 months after the France one’s in December 2021.

Can / should we take advantage of the bivalent one in France and how - go to a pharmacy? Don’t have a MT at the mo coz move around france and also backed up with GP’s in UK.

I’ll give my (UK) surgery a ring to check also their thoughts.

Have to say, with the three vaccinations so far If we’ve had it then we don’t know it - no obvious ‘bouts’ - and when feeling a bit shit or coughs etc have done lateral flow tests - none positive. And thats with travelling around, pubs, etc though of course in France outside.

One last thing - Madame thinks she may have had a reaction to the December jab, she had severe pain in her hand - then went away, just before she saw a neurlologist! (who mentioned maybe it could be a reaction…)

Hi @larkswood12

If you’ve read this thread… you will know that most folk are being encouraged to get their full 5 covid jabs… asap
there is great supply of this vaccine which protects against the “nastier/deadlier” covid…

the new jab contra the mutations “milder omicron” are in a somewhat limited supply at the moment… being kept for those in chronic health etc…

More of the omoicron-variant jab will be available for general public in a couple of months or so…

Do you have a carte vitale??? Is your health chronic…???
EDIT when was your last covid jab or covid infection??

sorry just jumped in with my question! Have now read through - we had our last phizer jab December 2021 - UK didn’t seem to do a 4th Jab, so perhaps the question is now do we (I) wait for bivalent or get another phizer now… having gone through the whole 2 years ‘untouched’.

Yes have CV, just lodged this years S1’s. Health fortunately chronically good so far, madames maybe less.

Thanks for your thread / response - I’ll see if the UK doc has any comments.

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The UK is rolling out a 4th vaccination right now, to over 65s and vulnerable individuals.

At this stage I’d suggest taking any legitimate vaccine you are offered for Covid. Even the old unmodified vaccine reduced length of illness and severity of symptoms, and raised antibodies that neutralised virus spike binding to cellular receptor. You may still catch the virus afterward, but stand a much greater chance of coming through un-harmed.

When I can, I shall be getting my next booster.


France is wanting folk to get up to date with the main anti Covid jab… and you seem to be out of date for that one…
Advice here in France would be to have that Covid jab now… to give you major cover and then the omicron-variant one some time later…

As they are saying… Omicron is 8 times less dangerous and 8 times more transmissable…
but Covid is the Killer in more cases…

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