Social disparities in the Covid-19 vaccination in France: “There is a great work of education to be taken up again from school”



Children play in the pedestrian street of Chemin Vert in Romainville, where summer sports activities have been set up. In this suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, a little less than one inhabitant in four is under the age of 14, a younger age than the average for the cities of France.

Many professionals from the socio-educational environment support all these young people. This is the case with Ali Kissi, a sports educator in a football club. With the application of the health pass, he fears a loss of members and practitioners at the start of the school year in the city’s sports clubs. “We are going to enter a phase where people will dissociate themselves from the health pass”.

“Some parents will avoid sending their children to school and putting them in the different structures.”

Ali Kissi, sports educator in a football club

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“This might give some people a reason to isolate themselves and say, ‘We don’t want to live like the others.’, fears the educator we have met.

Beya Bahrouni, vice-president of the association Maraude soldat de la rue, confirms that some parents in the neighborhood are indeed considering dropping their child from school at the start of the school year because of the pass. “They are going to do home schooling. It’s a shame because we are going to have to take away from the children everything they had before: friends, recess… There will still be people a little excluded of society and which we may not be interested in “, she laments.

In this district, south of rue Jean Jaurès, at the bottom of the buildings, a local is the rallying point, a bit like in a village. It is the branch of the Secours populaire. Joel Mangalam is the president of the Romainville committee. He knows the locals well and does not hide his concern either.

This health pass will create a big divide among the inhabitants of this city. This population is suffering, will suffer more and it is not about to end.

Joel Mangalam, president of the Romainville committee

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Already during the first confinement, social actors noted the collateral damage caused by the isolation of families. And the health pass risks further widening the gap. When we ask residents why they are not vaccinated, it is not for lack of access to vaccination slots. “I don’t want to be vaccinated yet, Simply explains Grassa, mother of two children aged 4 and 10. I still have doubts about the vaccine, whether it will work or not, if it does not represent a danger for my family “.

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Driss is also not vaccinated. He believes that without a health pass, he will continue to be able to live his life as before. “I didn’t have the vaccine, I’m standing in line there, the others who did show their paper and go to the other side. I don’t mind”, he says.

A bit like recklessness, the people we meet do not seem to understand the risk to their health. It must be said that here only one inhabitant in three has an attending physician. For geographer Emmanuel Vigneron, the heart of the problem is a lack of health education. “We must take back basic health education, the benefits of vaccination to enlighten people, he advocates. It is not always easy to understand. There is a great work of education to be taken up again at school. We must educate people everywhere in the proper use of health services “.

This situation exists in Seine-Saint-Denis, but also in the south of Seine-et-Marne, the northern districts of Marseille or the suburb of Lyon with Vaux-en-Velin and Vénissieux, the large suburbs which are often disadvantaged. .

Why are the inhabitants of Romainville (Seine-Saint-Denis) so little vaccinated? A report by Jean-François Fernandez.

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