Criticized for its slowness in its vaccine strategy, France passes the second. “From Monday, caregivers aged 50 and over who so wish will be able to be vaccinated in centers that already have vaccines”, to “to accelerate the protection of priority audiences”, announced the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, Thursday, December 31, on Twitter. Tuesday, on France 2, he said that the vaccine would be available by the end of January for “health professionals aged 50 and over”.
“Rest assured. The vaccination campaign will soon gain momentum”, added Olivier Véran, in response to criticism of elected officials, doctors and the National Academy of Medicine denouncing the slow start of injections. “Soon more than a hundred equipped hospitals will be able to deliver them every day, throughout the metropolitan territory and overseas”, assured the minister.
“In addition, before the beginning of February, the first vaccination centers will open in the city to start vaccinating people aged 75 and over, then 65 and over, etc. “, he added.
Olivier Véran affirms that France still only has “a few hundred vaccinated” due to the prioritization of audiences, the time taken to collect informed consent from residents and the logistical constraints of residential establishments for the elderly. “In a few weeks, vaccination will have been offered to all elderly people, and we will be at the same level as the countries which have proceeded differently, he promises. No loss of luck, on the contrary. “