Covid-19: 5 questions about future vaccinodromes

The essential Emmanuel Macron announced in Valenciennes on Tuesday the acceleration of vaccination in France during the day, weekends and holidays. In the coming days, huge vaccination centers against Covid-19 will open their doors across France.

The government has long hesitated to set up vaccinodromes for the vaccination campaign in France and has finally decided to use them en masse in the country in the coming days. The long-term goal is to have “one or two per department,” said the Ministry of Health yesterday, between 100 and 200 in the country. This goal includes the thirty “mega-centers” where the army and fire brigade are working, said Olivier Véran on Monday. First example this weekend in Toulouse with a center that will see the light of day. The organization, detailed yesterday by the Haut-Garonnaise Prefecture, makes it possible to answer some questions about what will undoubtedly happen in the rest of the territory in the coming weeks.

When will these centers see the light of day?

In the coming days and weeks, as promised. With regard to Toulouse, the Prefecture announced yesterday that the new “Vaccinodrome” will be operational this weekend (March 27th and 28th). It is open from 9 am to 7 pm “by appointment only”.

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How does the appointment take place? For which audience?

Appointments can be arranged through various channels. Either by telephone, as will be the case in Toulouse this weekend (0 800 54 19 19); or via an online reservation platform. For the Pink City this is again the website. Appointments will be made from 8 a.m. today.

The priority target groups are the same as those invited to an appointment at the vaccination centers, namely “People over 75 years of age, but also people between 18 and 74 years of age with very severe pathology. High risk for severe forms.” from Covid-19 and from people aged 50 to 74 with comorbidities ”.

Which vaccine is being injected there? With what doses?

In the vast majority of cases, this will be the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. All vaccinated people will therefore be offered an appointment for a second injection four weeks later. With regard to Toulouse, for example, this second injection will take place in the same place: in hall 8 of the former exhibition center on the weekend of April 24th and 25th.

The injected doses will not be missing from the “traditional” vaccination centers, however, as this is an excess of doses from orders for Pfizer vaccines, deliveries of which will see a surge in supplies in the coming weeks, the government reported.

Who will give the injections?

Many employees are involved. As for the vaccination centers that are deployed the fastest, the army and fire brigade are on the bridge to manage the organization and implementation, as Olivier Véran indicated on Monday. Training courses are held in these two professions so that employees can perform injections.

In Toulouse this weekend the many vaccination lines will be set up, “thanks to the remarkable commitment of several dozen volunteers from SAMU31, SDIS31 (Fire Brigade, editor’s note) and voluntary civil security and Army Health Service associations”. Haut-Garonnaise Prefecture reported.

For what goals?

They will vary by center, but the goal at the national level is to effectively manage the influx of new large quantities of doses expected in the coming weeks, particularly with regard to Pfizer-BioNTech. “The target of 10 million primary vaccines in mid-April remains unchanged,” said Olivier Véran, while the number of first doses injected Tuesday evening in France was 6,595,920.

According to our information, the future “mega-center” in Toulouse will enable the vaccination of up to 1,000 patients per day.