The fight against Covid has moved up a notch... Prime Minister Jean Castex and health minister Olivier Véran addressed the vaccine strategy set up in France since December 2020, as part of a press brief held this Thursday January 7, 2021.
The Covid vaccine campaign does not change from what was announced when Health Minister Olivier Véran made new statements on Tuesday January 5, 2021 on RTL, and this past December 31, 2020 on Twitter.
He announced that firefighters and home helpers aged 50+ can be vaccinated from now, so can caregivers.
A statement completed with disabled people housed in specialized homes as they can be vaccinated from now as well.
Vaccines will also be made available to people aged 75+ starting January 18.
Castex and Véran also repeated that that several hundreds of vaccine centers were to open in France.
Another statement was that French willing to get vaccinated can sign up January 11 to be part of the vaccine campaign.
The Health Minister also said the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine - the only vaccine inoculated in France as Moderna has been approved only recently - could be delayed "up to six weeks instead of three" as the UK is already doing. "It enables us to get more doses available now" Véran added. For the rest of the campaign, the Health Minister also said that after people aged 75+, then, there will be a second phase for people aged 65+ without any discrimination.
These statements complete those unveiled this Thursday December 31, 2020 on Twitter, on the access to vaccine in the year to come. The goal of this thread: reassuring the French on the ongoing campaign and answer questions many of them have been asking for days.
Therefore, as the Minister explains, “the vaccine campaign will soon grow”. A slow speed he explains is related to the fact the “CCNE [French governmental advisory council on bioethics issues] requires each individual vaccinated to give formal consent, at the end of medical consultation”, as well as because “nursing home managers have asked us to give them time to have everything organized properly”. He goes on: “vaccination can be proceeded to right after consent, or a few days later”. And to reassure as well: “in a matter of weeks, vaccination would have been proposed to all elderly people, and we will be at the same stage as countries that proceeded differently” he also said.
The minister also announced more concrete statements as to the vaccine strategy: first, the possibility for caregivers aged 50+ to get vaccinated from Monday January 4: “at the same time, we have decided to speed up protection for priority people. From Mond, caregivers aged 50+ and if they want to, can get vaccinated in centers already provided with the vaccine” he explains.
Furthermore, on Saturday January 2, 2021 Olivier Véran says on Twitter that vaccination of caregivers aged 50+ already started at Paris Hôtel-Dieu hospital.
J'ai demandé aux hôpitaux d'ouvrir sans délai la vaccination aux professionnels de santé libéraux > 50 ans. Le Président du Conseil National de l'Ordre des médecins l'a fait aujourd'hui à l'hôtel-dieu (Paris). La semaine prochaine, dans près de 100 centres sur tout le territoire. pic.twitter.com/zeaXatLq4j— Olivier Véran (@olivierveran) January 2, 2021
Tweet reads: “I asked hospitals to immediately open vaccination to liberal health caregivers aged 50+. The President of the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Medecins did so at the Hôtel-Dieu (Paris). Next week, in about 100 centers throughout the country”.
He also announced that the first vaccine centers will open in French cities before the beginning of February 2021: “Furthermore, before early February, the first vaccine centers will open in cities, to start vaccinating people aged 75+, then aged 65+” he concludes. This is a life-saving boost to ultimately put an end to this crisis.