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The covid-19 vaccine – Jacques Witt / SIPA
- In Paris, Neuilly (Hauts-de-Seine) and Saint-Leu-la-Forêt (Val-d’Oise), the mayors are getting organized while waiting for the green light from the State.
- “We are waiting for a position from Jean Castex on Thursday so that he puts the local players in the loop. The State must assume its responsibilities upstream and we will take over downstream ”, explains to 20 Minutes, Jean-Christophe Fromantin, mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine.
- Criticized for several days, the government promised on Tuesday to “amplify, accelerate and simplify” its vaccine strategy against Covid-19.
The vaccination campaign is struggling. Criticized for several days, the government promised on Tuesday to “amplify, accelerate and simplify” its vaccine strategy against Covid-19. In the meantime and in the face of trampling, many mayors, especially in Ile-de-France, have decided to take the lead and get organized.
“Vaccinodromes”, census of target populations … Several city officials say today they are ready to initiate and deploy on the ground, as close as possible to the inhabitants, the vaccination strategy as soon as they get the green light from the State. Example in three Ile-de-France municipalities which organize themselves between logistics and hope. In Paris, Neuilly (Hauts-de-Seine) and Saint-Leu-la-Forêt (Val-d’Oise).
“The City stands ready to deploy vaccination centers in each district in twenty-four hours,” said in The Parisian, Emmanuel Grégoire, first assistant to Anne Hidalgo (PS). In order to speed up the process, it has been proposed to open a vaccination center in all district town halls and the municipality has said it is ready to rent freezers to store the Pfizer vaccine. However, this measure has been rejected at this stage by the Regional Health Agency (ARS), according to Anne Souyris, Anne Hidalgo’s health assistant, who specifies that the proposal “remains on the table”. Critical of the government, the City of Paris now hopes for “answers” and a “go” from the State by the end of the week, concerning the establishment of “vaccinodromes” in the capital against the coronavirus, a she told AFP. And to clarify: the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran “said he was going to work with local communities, so we will see what he means by that” during his press conference Thursday alongside Prime Minister Jean Castex, explained Anne Souyris.
In the commune of Hauts-de-Seine, the various right-wing mayor, Jean-Christophe Fromantin, says he is “ready” to deal with “concerns”. “We are worried about the economic situation in particular, and the only tool to return to a normal situation is the vaccine”, explains the one who considers that mayors have a leading role to play in this sequence. “We feel extremely concerned, the local actors are at the forefront to face the difficulties on the ground”, he explains to 20 Minutes. Jean-Christophe Fromantin even asks the government to entrust the mayors with the organization of vaccinations at the level of the inhabitants, by ensuring the “last kilometer” of the vaccine. It has two “vaccinodromes” ready to be set up. It also ensures that it can take charge of the census of target populations, the organization of outpatient vaccination teams, the immediate establishment of a slot reservation system to be vaccinated and finally the management of the logistics of the latter. kilometer ”between the storage centers and the vaccination sites of the municipality. The green light is missing. “We are waiting for a position from Jean Castex on Thursday so that he puts the local players in the loop. The State must assume its responsibilities upstream and we will take over downstream, ”he concludes.
Faced with the vaccination operations that have started slowly across the country, Sandra Billet, mayor of Saint-Leu-la-Forêt (DvD), also wants to speed up the process. “The State must precisely consider the driving role of communities in the management of the health crisis. Communities that have mobilized perfectly to organize the lives of their citizens as calmly as possible during periods of confinement, ”said the city councilor. “Today, we are able at the local level to take over to speed up vaccinations, in particular to protect people at risk who cannot yet claim vaccination. In Saint-Leu, we can organize ourselves as quickly as possible to provide nearly 300 vaccinations per day, ”she assures us.