Anti-Covid-19 vaccination for everyone: “Not immediately,” replies Emmanuel Macron

The main thing Emmanuel Macron does not want to immediately expand the vaccination against Covid-19 to all French people over the age of 18. However, there are many doses of vaccine available every day. The head of state always wants to “prioritize according to age”.

The vaccine for everyone isn’t, well, not right now. Emmanuel Macron, who speaks in a long interview in La Dépêche du Midi and the regional press, does not want to change the main lines of the vaccination plan against Covid-19. He plans that any French who want it can be vaccinated by the end of summer.

For a few days, however, voices have been heard to lower the age limits and now to vaccinate all French who wish to do so. To justify himself, Emmanuel Macron replies: “Not immediately”. The head of state said: “We can optimize the operation of our 1,700 vaccination centers. We will continue to prioritize by age as this is most effective. Vaccinating the most vulnerable people reduces the pressure on hospital services.”

It’s not about vaccine stocks: “We have doses in stock,” explains Emmanuel Macron. There are actually four vaccines available in France: Pfizer, BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

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Over 18 years of age from Saturday overweight

The vaccination is currently open to anyone over the age of 55. From Saturday May 1st, obese people over the age of 18 can be vaccinated. The requirement is a BMI (Body Mass Index) of more than 30. “I invite the 2.3 million people affected to go to the vaccination centers this weekend.”

In the past few days, several vaccination centers had sometimes large stocks of vaccines on their arms due to withdrawals, particularly due to the doubts that occasionally surrounded the AstraZeneca vaccine. In Calais or Nice, vaccination centers even had to close their doors for a weekend because of a lack of volunteers.

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