The Covid-19 vaccination campaign will begin on Sunday for a few dozen people residing in “two or three” establishments for the elderly.
The first vaccination campaign against Covid-19 will begin Sunday in France in “two or three” establishments for the elderly and will concern “a few dozen residents”, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran announced on Tuesday.
These first injections of the vaccine developed by the American Pfizer and the German BioNTech will concern “a few dozen residents first on Sunday”, the Minister of Health informed TF1, specifying that the first vaccines would be “delivered on Saturday” on the territory.
Then, it will be extended “to other establishments on Monday and then on Tuesday. We will gradually pick it up like that, it is the initiation of the vaccination campaign,” added Olivier Véran.
An Ehpad near Paris, another in the East
On Sunday, the first vaccinations will begin on a “very small scale” in long-term care units and establishments for the elderly in Ile-de-France “voluntary”, said a little earlier the spokesperson for Synerpa, union private retirement homes.
“There will first be two or three establishments concerned. One on the side of Paris, not very far from Paris, another on the side of Burgundy Franche-Comté and then possibly a third which is under discussion,” said Tuesday evening Olivier Véran.
Prior before any injection, the representatives of nursing homes awaited Tuesday the imminent publication of a protocol from the Ministry of Health, a guide of around forty pages which should detail to facility managers “the search for consent, the pre-visit. vaccine, and details on who can vaccinate and with what type of equipment “.
Larger deliveries thereafter
“Larger” vaccine deliveries are planned for “the end of December and the beginning of January,” the minister continued.
Asked about the advisability of making the vaccine compulsory to go to a restaurant or go to a public place, the minister replied that no. “Vaccination against the coronavirus will not be compulsory either to take public transport or to enter a restaurant or obviously to go to work,” he reiterated.
386 Covid patients have died in France in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 61,702 since the start of the epidemic, according to figures released Tuesday evening by Public Health France.
Jeanne Bulant with AFP BFMTV reporter