President Emmanuel Macron arrived this Thursday morning, around 10:30 am, in the first vaccinodrome installed in intramural Paris, at the Parc des Expositions at Porte de Versailles.
He was accompanied by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, but not by the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, who went to Avignon where a police officer was killed on Wednesday.
He announced that the vaccination campaign would continue "on a forced march" with two novelties.
"We will speed things up in two ways, explained the President of the Republic: from Monday 10, vaccinations will begin for our fellow citizens who are over 50 years old.
Appointments can be made from tomorrow (Friday).
Don't rush tomorrow ”.
And to "optimize", from Wednesday 12th, "you will be able to look the day before on the Doctolib site for the doses which are available the next day, whatever your age".
Every day at the end of the afternoon, the government wants "that all the appointments be made everywhere in France without age limit".
20 million first doses injected on May 15
2,500 to 3,000 injections can be delivered daily in the vaccination center at Porte de Versailles. Announced by the police headquarters on April 21, this center is managed entirely by the Paris fire brigade which will receive, by appointment, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is first aid workers who perform the vaccinations, only with the Pfizer vaccine for now. In hall 5, divided into four units of six boxes each, 24 vaccination lines are available, in principle until August.
The government has set itself the goal of reaching the 20 million first doses injected by May 15, then 30 million in mid-June. As of Tuesday, 16.4 million people had received at least one dose and 7.3 million two. "Things are progressing and we can see the effectiveness of this campaign", also welcomed Emmanuel Macron to the press. “We have vaccinated almost all people in nursing homes, we have a coverage rate of over 95%. A year ago, we were confined, we had 400 to 450 deaths per day in nursing homes, today there are between 0 and 10 per day. Our conviction is that the vaccine is what will allow us to keep the virus in a pinch, ”he added.