The essential vaccination in France experienced a surge this weekend that, according to the health minister, will have to be renewed in the coming days and weeks.
The acceleration of vaccination against Covid-19 continues after the mass injections of this weekend were declared to Minister of Health Olivier Véran this Sunday March 7th.
“If a vaccine is available in our area, a French person must be vaccinated, be it on Monday or Sunday. The vaccines must be available as soon as possible,” explained Olivier Véran, after visiting two vaccination centers in Tourcoing , in the North.
While vaccine deliveries will continue to increase compared to the last few weeks, “in April sometimes 5 times 6 times, measured by quantity”, the organization of the vaccination centers – in terms of size and number – will be “adjusted” accordingly, he said.
“I ask that we have more vaccines”
When he stopped by another vaccination center in Boulogne-sur-Mer in Pas-de-Calais, he was delighted that “the extraordinary effort” of the weekend made it possible to give 220,000 injections on Saturday “against 80,000 – 85,000 normally on Saturdays” . . He hoped there would be “at least more than 100,000” on Sunday. “All elected officials are demanding that we have more vaccines. I ask myself that we have more vaccines,” he said.
The minister also said he was “convinced that the rate of compliance with nurses’ vaccinations will go hand-in-hand with the general rate of vaccination for French people. In a letter released on Friday, he urged caregivers to be “quickly” vaccinated in the name of “collective safety,” a call that was adopted by seven orders of health professionals on Sunday. In a press release, these orders emphasize that it is an “ethical duty” to “contain the spread of the epidemic”.
Correct the inequality
When asked about a proposal by LREM MP from Pas-de-Calais, Jean-Pierre Pont, to make vaccination compulsory for caregivers, Olivier Véran said he was in favor of “dialogue and conviction for the moment”. He complained that the AstraZeneca vaccine had a “bad image” while being “safe and hyper-effective”.
Regarding territorial allocation, “if an inequality arises for whatever reason, we obviously need to correct it,” he also noted, while vaccine contributions increased in Hauts-de-France after many elected officials denounced one Delay.
The minister also justified the four weekends of detention imposed in Pas-de-Calais in March with the “high epidemic trend” in the department, which was associated with “hospital tension and intensive care at the same level as during the second wave”.
“In Seine-Saint-Denis, the hospital occupancy rate is slightly different (…) and there is the territorial reality. If you restrict Seine-Saint-Denis, you are restricting the Ile de France” given the “very strong” communication between the departments of Ile -de-France, he said, in response to criticism of elected officials and residents of the discriminatory treatment of Pas-de-Calais.
Allocating new doses “allows us to reduce the regional differences that appear at the start of vaccination,” said Benoît Vallet, director of the Hauts-de-France regional health agency.
In order to “catch up with the Hauts-de-France (…) we will have 6,000 doses every week from this week”, which means “about 10% more vaccinations per week possible”, he said.