Faced with delivery delays, the Grand Est Regional Health Agency has postponed the vaccinations scheduled for early next week.
A possible vaccine shortage could emerge in the Bas-Rhin. The Grand Est Regional Health Agency (ARS) announced this week that the opening of several vaccination centers would be postponed in the department. At issue: “Decreases in deliveries of Pfizer vaccines over the next two weeks”. Four centers, in the municipalities of Wasselone, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, Schiltigheim and Lingolsheim, will open their doors on January 28, with a “8 day lag”. The ARS also reports a “Postponement of vaccinations scheduled for Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 January” while waiting for the next vaccine delivery. Appointments will be integrated “In the schedules of the coming weeks”. In the rest of the Grand Est region, some centers will close “Temporarily Thursday and Friday” in the Marne, while in Haute-Marne, closures are also under consideration “for several days”.
In Strasbourg, 600 meetings had to be postponed, reports France Bleu Alsace. “There is tension on the number of vaccines, the Bas-Rhin has been very proactive, 5,500 appointments have been made in a few days”, explains Alexandre Feltz, doctor and Strasbourg elected official in charge of health, interviewed by the radio. According to him, vaccinations should resume Wednesday with “a lighter intensity». “The Haut-Rhin can continue to vaccinate but with a lower intensity”, he continues. The Latest News from Alsace explained Wednesday evening that no more appointments were available for a first injection in any of the Alsatian centers open on the Doctolib platform. Internet users are referred to making appointments by telephone, which is itself saturated.
We are in the dark. We open we close. We adapt according to the number of doses we receive.
Rémi Heym, communication director of Rouen University Hospital
Several other regions are unable to cope with the influx of demands. In Alençon, the ARS of Normandy asked the hospital on Tuesday to close its vaccination center which had been open for two weeks, reports West France . The number of vaccine doses available was again not sufficient to meet the appointments. Only second injections are possible. For lack of dose, the Rouen University Hospital was also forced to close a vaccination center. “Supplies are not stabilized”, explains Rémi Heym, communication director of the CHU, interviewed by France 3 Normandie. “We are in the dark. We open we close. We adapt according to the number of doses we receive. We can no longer vaccinate massively. ” In Nord and Pas-de-Calais, several appointments had to be canceled, vaccination centers having received fewer doses than initially planned, according to The voice of the North. The opening of a new center in Calais has even been postponed by a week.
Vaccination against Covid-19 has widened since Monday to all over 75s, amid fears of a shortage. Because the American group Pfizer, associated with the German laboratory BioNTech, warned last week that it was not going to be able, until early February, to provide EU countries with the weekly quantities to which it had obtained. engaged. The laboratory invokes modifications to be made in the production line of the Belgian factory in Puurs, which “Require additional regulatory approvals”, Pfizer explained. “The schedule calls for a drop in delivery of 140,000 doses this week and, starting next week, we will have 520,000 weekly deliveries”, as initially planned, detailed Monday the Minister for Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, on CNews. According to her, the accumulated delay will be caught up “At the end of the first trimester”.
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