“The management of vaccination is really chaotic”

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Worried about elderly patients self-confined at home, Jacques Battistoni, president of the MG France general practitioner union, is worried about a lack of vaccines.

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Worried about elderly patients self-confined at home, Jacques Battistoni, president of the MG France general practitioner union, is worried about a lack of vaccines.

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Worried about elderly patients self-confined at home, Jacques Battistoni, president of the MG France general practitioner union, is worried about a lack of vaccines.


Since the start of the vaccination campaign, 390,000 people have received their first dose, mostly caregivers over 50 and nursing home residents. From Monday, those over 75 will have the opportunity to be vaccinated throughout France. But the campaign is likely to last several weeks. “The numbers race will not solve problem number one: There aren’t enough vaccines for everyone. The government is making promises it cannot keep. It does not launch a mass vaccination campaign. : he organizes queues! “, alert in the JDD Jacques Battistoni, president of the general practitioner union MG France.

Are GPs ready to mass immunize tomorrow?

We are motivated but angry, because not all centers are ready to operate. The day tomorrow will be a false start. In theory, the places exist, but in practice there is no visibility on the number of doses available and it is therefore difficult to make appointments. Orders and counter-orders are multiplying; planned deliveries change. In short, on the ground, it’s the big mess. The management of vaccination is really chaotic.

Many places seem to be working well!

The most advanced are those piloted by hospitals. We are pushing up the figures by prioritizing the vaccination of caregivers, but these structures are not all really suitable for our patients because they are often far from home. We advocate for an increase in local centers managed by professionals in the field. And for the authorization to vaccinate at home, with nurses, elderly people who are not very mobile or disabled.

There are not enough vaccines for everyone

Are you not just disappointed that you are not at the heart of the vaccine system?

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We would just like to be able to organize ourselves and meet the demands of our patients. They tell us: “I would rather get vaccinated with you.” When they find out that this is not possible, concern mounts. At the end of the week, many of them came across answering machines telling them that there were no more places available and, on Doctolib, there are often no more appointments. We are also concerned about the second dose. Will there be enough to administer it?

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Are you worried about the shortage of doses?

The numbers race will not solve problem number one: there aren’t enough vaccines for everyone. The government is making promises that it cannot keep. He is not launching a mass vaccination campaign: he is organizing queues! Before the slowdown due to Pfizer’s production problems, we were told 2.5 million doses for the end of January and 5.3 million for the end of February. However, the target population of frail elderly people over 75 is 6.3 million. As it takes two injections each time, as we also vaccinate caregivers over 50 and there will be losses, at least 13 million would be needed. Five hundred thousand doses per week for 800 centers, that makes only 120 per center and per day!

Can’t we speed up?

This story of acceleration is above all the publicity stunt of a government under pressure and that will make many disappointed. We shouldn’t promise something we can’t keep.

The start was slow in nursing homes, but feedback from the field suggests that everything will be fine

Have we purchased enough Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna serums?

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Europe has bought a bit of everything to limit the risks, as some people are carefully building their stock portfolio. But have we bet on the right horses? We are also told that the doses were bought at low prices. When we see how quickly Israel, served first because it has paid dearly, vaccines, we wonder if it was really time to save money.

How is the Ehpad operation going, in which many of you are participating?

The start was slow but feedback from the field suggests that everything is going to be fine.

Was there a strategic error in the organization of the vaccination campaign?

Of course! Until Christmas, nothing happened. There was no question of setting up vaccination centers. The horizon of mass vaccination was at the end of February, in general practitioners’ offices. There was no rush. The government had qualitative and not quantitative targets. The 180 degree turn made at the end of the year with the decision to create vaccination centers in each department partly explains the current organizational difficulties. The constraints due to the storage conditions of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were not sufficiently anticipated.

Fear of the vaccine is decreasing, according to polls. Isn’t that good news after all?

The fear of the variant has changed the situation. The over-75s adhere to vaccination en masse and drag their families in their wake. Some have spent the year cloistered in their homes, in a form of heavy self-containment. We talk a lot about clusters linked to underground parties; less of the isolation of many. Of course, these elderly people console themselves by telling themselves that they are warm, but they no longer go out, no longer move; their social life has shrunk like hell. Vaccination is their hope to get out.

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