Most of the Covid-19 vaccination centers will remain open on Saturday and Sunday in Île-de-France, where new injection sites will be added in order to sell more than 50,000 doses in two days, the authorities said. local Friday.
Allowed by “an exceptional allocation of 51,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines”, this operation will mobilize 105 of the 123 vaccination centers which already welcome priority audiences, specify in a press release the regional health agency (ARS) and the prefectures of police and region.
In addition 12 “new dedicated centers” will be opened in Melun, Noisiel (Seine-et-Marne), Fleury-Mérogis, Palaiseau (Essonne), Aulnay-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis), Saint-Mandé (Val- de-Marne), Cergy, Garges-lès-Gonesse, Sannois (Val-d’Oise) and Paris (three sites).
This arrival of a “very large volume” of vaccines “will allow all the centers which had set up waiting lists to recontact the people concerned today to set them up this weekend”, add the authorities, who also promise “new niches” available online or by phone.
“It is something massive”, declares to AFP the director general of the ARS Aurélien Rousseau who asked “simultaneously to the hospitals to accelerate with the AstraZeneca vaccine” and indicates that the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) “intends to do 14,000 injections by Sunday”, both on caregivers and patients.
This boost “foreshadows what we will have to do for months” from the moment when deliveries will become massive, normally in April. “We’re going to scale up to four or five times larger than it is now” and the coming weekend “has a dress rehearsal aspect,” he explains.
“At the beginning of the week, we were vaccinating in our hospitals 1,200 to 1,300 people a day, today I think we will have vaccinated more than 3,000, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, probably 4,000 a day” , said the director general of the AP-HP, Martin Hirsch, on RTL.
“We will have additional doses to be able to continue, it is not a shock and ephemeral operation”, it is a question of “being able to take advantage of a boost,” he added. He conceded, however, that “things sometimes adjust from week to week with a predictability that is complicated for access to vaccines.”