Covid vaccine: Is it necessary to locally adapt the vaccination campaign to prevent waste?

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 29 April 2021 at 13h52 · Updated on 29 April 2021 at 15h06
The Covid vaccination campaign goes on in France and from now on, the debate about the access to the vaccine for all the French is at the heart of the news. Between the fear of unused doses and the impossibility for people granted priority to find slots available, is the solution standing in a local-based vaccination campaign.

Should vaccination be open to all the French from May? As the coronavirus epidemic is slowing down in France, the vaccine seems to be the only hope to see life returns to normal as the summer is just around the corner. Launched since the end of 2020, the vaccination campaign progressively open to priority targets. So, as the French under 50 years of age and suffering from obesity are soon to be able to be vaccinated, some local elected representatives claim for extending the vaccinal population, and even vaccination for all.

And for good reason, doctors and vaccination centers are worried about the number of vacant slots, that lead to doses thrown away because there are not enough patients. Even though there are tools such as Covidliste enabling non-priority French to come up as volunteers to prevent waste, the situation is different depending on territories because of the density, the viral circulation and the number of doses available. Because, on the contrary, opening the vaccination campaign to a too large public in places there are fewer slots available could prevent French given priority from being vaccinated as soon as possible.

So, is it necessary to locally adapt the vaccination campaign to prevent waste? This is the stance some local elected representative commit to. In Cannes, against the government’s blessing, the city has decided to open access to vaccine from 40 years old instead of 50. As for Paris, the Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, claims for “the age matter” to be rectified. Therefore, at the Stade de France, the Departmental Council has decided to open vaccination to priority professions regardless of age.

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