Jérôme Marty, general practitioner at Fronton and president of the independent union of doctors UFML, evokes the difficulties for health professionals to take over from the vaccination centers to inject the third dose. Maintenance.
Do town doctors have the time, the capacity, to massively vaccinate, which is likely to be the case with the third dose?
Personally, I vaccinate every Thursday at my office. It is complex, because it is necessary to reserve specific time slots for vaccination and more the demand for classic care, fall pathologies, gastroenteritis, bronchiolitis, plus chronic pathologies, yes it’s complicated. Depending on the number of patients, I open a vial or two vials and if I have any remaining doses, I pass them to the clinic. For doctors, it’s a working day or half a day of normal activity. But if we had single doses, we would get there.
You do not face a problem of storage of the doses but of their packaging?
It was necessary to decondition, manufacture mono doses and distribute them. We’re still on multidose vials – ten for Moderna and five for Pfizer. It’s always the same, we have closed centers and we are faced with the inertia of the administration which is like a super tanker thrown backwards. It was programmed according to the decline in vaccine candidates because we were coming out of the fourth wave, but we would arrive at the fifth. The major centers had to be reopened. We are asked to vaccinate the same flow that was taken care of by the Toulouse vaccinodrome for several months and the other vaccination centers.
Should we reopen the Toulouse vaccinodrome?
The Haute-Garonne has been rather well off to date in terms of the number of vaccinodromes. The department had 32 vaccination centers, while the national average was six per department. Today, we have closed more than twenty. Doctors will have everything they can to vaccinate, but after Macron’s announcements, those potentially eligible for a third dose – the elderly, people with co-morbidities, have been knocked out by those in their 40s without co-morbidity.