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Covid-19: expanded vaccination before the end of the month to over 75s who do not reside in nursing homes, announces Olivier Véran

Criticized for the slowness of the vaccination campaign in France, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, announced Tuesday, January 5 on RTL, the will of the government to“Amplify, accelerate and simplify” the vaccination strategy. The “Cruising speed” go “Join that of our neighbors in the coming days”, he assured.

Thus, in addition to residents in accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad) and nursing staff over 50, the government wishes to authorize before the end of January the vaccination of over 75 years living at home. . According to the plan initially established, this category of the population was not affected by vaccination until February or March.

In addition, vaccination will be extended from Tuesday morning to firefighters and home helpers over 50 years old. In addition to this expansion of socio-professional categories, the government wants to speed up vaccination in nursing homes and start it as soon as possible. “Where residents are ready”.

Read also: Difficulties in accelerating the pace of the vaccination campaign

Simplified procedures

For this, vaccination consultations will be simplified and nurses in particular will be authorized to vaccinate, “Not necessarily in the presence of a doctor”. The country will also increase the number of vaccination centers, currently numbering 100. There will be 300 next week and 600 by the end of January, said Véran.

In addition, the French wishing to be vaccinated will be able, from Thursday, to register on a file in order to make themselves known. Details about this file are expected to be released at a press conference on Thursday.

At the same time, vaccine orders will be increased: 500,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be received per week, and 500,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine will also be available per month. By Wednesday afternoon, a million doses will be available, said Mr. Véran.

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