Finally, the vaccination of caregivers began

He who did not want to confuse “Speed ​​and precipitation” is preparing to grill the next stage of the French vaccination strategy. On Twitter Saturday, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, anticipated the second phase to open “without delay” vaccination to “Liberal health professionals over 50”, after bringing forward to Monday January 4 that of “Caregivers aged 50 and over who so wish”. However, scheduled for the end of January, this phase was to follow the injections received by residents and volunteer nursing staff from more than 7,000 French nursing homes as well as by the medical corps of long-term care units.. “We have decided […] accelerate the protection of priority audiences ”, had justified Olivier Véran on the social network, Thursday, a few hours before Emmanuel Macron took advantage of his presidential wishes to emphasize that he would not leave “Unjustified slowness to take hold” in the vaccination campaign.

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By responding to criticism of French slowness in this area, fueled for a week by comparisons between the number of French vaccinated and that of our European neighbors (less than 500 in France against more than 190,000 Germans and 800,000 Britons), then through the National Academy of Medicine, the executive intends first to supply the eastern regions to stem a second particularly violent wave, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Friday.

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In the capital, however, the Assistance Publique-Hospitals de Paris (AP-HP) anticipated these announcements on Friday by vaccinating around 20 health professionals at Ambroise-Paré hospital in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), imitating, a day later, Nancy University Hospital. Under the aegis of the medical director of the AP-HP, Frédéric Batteux, the operation continued on Saturday at the Hôtel-Dieu in Paris – the president of the National Council of the Order of Physicians notably lent his arm to it. – where it will be taken back on Sunday to reach “A hundred vaccinated”, considers the AP-HP to Release. And to specify that the 25,000 Parisian caregivers over 50 should receive the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the coming weeks.

Enough to reassure the medical profession, the most convinced, already, of a need to be vaccinated, while 80% of liberal doctors say they are ready to receive the serum, according to a study by Public Health France among 1,509 professionals, conducted between October 13 and November 5, even if other medical personnel are more reluctant.

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Among the French caregivers over the age of 50 concerned on Monday, as well as the younger ones with co-morbidity, the first to be vaccinated will be hospital professionals whose super-freezers allow doses to be kept at -80 ° C, i.e. “Nearly 100 centers across the country”, recalled the Minister of Health on Saturday.

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To reach its goal of one million vaccinated at the end of February, the government is counting on receiving 500,000 weekly doses from next week.

Maxime Lemaitre

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