So far, the French given priority have been able to get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in pharmacies. But it seems the Moderna vaccine could soon be available in dispensaries and GPs’ offices as well.
As a matter of fact, all week long, the Moderna vaccine has been tested with pharmacies and doctors in Moselle, a department set Eastern France, massively hit by the third epidemic wave earlier this year, because of the presence of the South-African variant spreading. This is for this very reason the department has been selected to conduct this test.
Therefore, 600 doses of Moderna vaccine have been given during the week in several pharmacies and offices in Moselle, as well as in a few dispensaries in Bas-Rhin, and Meurthe-et-Moselle. The idea behind this test? Checking the vaccine remains stable between distribution and transport. As a matter of fact, once defrosted, Moderna vaccine is to be stored up to 30 days maximum in a refrigerator between 2 and 8°C.
According to Moselle pharmacists, the test is more than conclusive: the French – less suspicious towards Moderna vaccine then AstraZeneca – answered the call and all doses have been used. If the test is as conclusive as it seems, the American vaccine could be soon available in all pharmacies in France as well as in GPs’.