The government is starting to prepare to close the vaccination centers.
The Covid-19 vaccination centers could close this fall, or at the latest in February 2022, depending on the ability of pharmacists and liberal doctors to take over, according to a document from the Ministry of Health.
The vaccination campaign continues to slow down, to such an extent that the closure of the centers created at the beginning of the year is envisaged within one to six months. The ministry expects a “load of injections” of 2.9 million doses per week in September, an optimistic assumption given the 1.8 million doses passed last week. The weekly rate would then drop to 1.3 million in October, 0.7 in November, 0.6 in December then 0.4 and January and February. That is, on the basis of 4.3 weeks per month, more than 27 million vaccinations before the end of winter, a large part of which for the “booster dose” which potentially targets 18 million people.
Two options are on the table. Depending on whether the Liberals can perform 750,000 or 300,000 injections per week, that “would imply a closure of the centers in October or February.” Caregivers are cautiously optimistic. As for general practitioners, “we have the capacity to vaccinate if we are given the doses”, assures Jacques Battistoni (MG France). Among pharmacists too, “from the moment we have the doses, there is no difficulty in making 750,000 vaccinations in town,” said Philippe Besset (FSPF). Pfizer’s orders will finally be opened to them on Monday, for delivery in early October, but the Liberals are scalded by the repeated logistical failures of other vaccines (AstraZeneca, Janssen and Moderna). If everything goes without a hitch this time, “a priori the closings of centers will take place at the end of the year”, predicts Philippe Besset.
Unless there is a new rebound, the ministry does not in fact exclude “the possibility of a recall in the general population”, that is to say of a third dose for all.