Who decides how many anti-covid vaccines this or that department will have available and on what criteria? This is what some parliamentarians from Poitou would like to know, Delphine Batho in the lead. The deputy for Deux-Sèvres looked at the elements disclosed by the Minister of Health last Saturday 23 January, and the account is not there, according to her. In a press release sent the next day, the parliamentarian wonders, and she is not the only one. In the South of Vienne, his counterpart Jean-Michel Clément would also like to know the criteria for allocating vaccine doses by department.
One dose for 20 people in Deux-Sèvres
In accordance with his commitment, the Minister of Health unveiled Saturday evening the information on the distribution of vaccine doses on the national territory, by region and by department. And these data make Delphine Batho jump. By analyzing the figures, the member for Deux-Sèvres realized the disparities between the departments. With more than 374,400 inhabitants and an incidence rate of over 268, Deux-Sèvres received only 2,210 doses, or one dose for 20 people over 75 years old. Delphine Batho does not understand.
“We are a rural department, with many elderly people and with the highest incidence rate in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. We are in a health emergency and we are receiving the smallest allocation!”
The elected Deux-Sévrienne even speaks of “under-staffing” and asks to know in detail the criteria taken into account in the allocation of doses by territory.
One dose for 13 in Vienne
In the Vienne same questioning from the deputy Jean-Michel Clément. With 439,004 inhabitants, and an incidence rate stopped at 124.6 on January 22, figures from the ARS, the regional health agency, his department received an endowment of 3,740 doses vaccines.
In proportion, the Vienne has received one dose of vaccines for thirteen people over 75 years old where the Creuse has received one for three, and this with a population almost four times smaller. If the deputies from Poitou congratulate themselves on the good endowment of the Creuse, they would like understand despite everything what explains such disparities. In this case, in these two cases, “the ratio is from 1 to 4”, specifies the elected representative from Poitou.
Who decides on the attributions and according to what criteria? asks MP Clément. Is it the incidence rate? the number of people at risk? the overall population?
More transparency on the allocation criteria
Both Delphine Batho and Jean-Michel Clément believe that more transparency is needed on these vaccine allocations and their distribution methods by department.
“The government must do what is necessary to correct the inequalities” concludes Delphine Batho.
These parliamentarians from Vienne and Deux-Sèvres are asking to know the schedule of the next deliveries and the number of doses to come.