Tuesday, 30 November, 2021

Flu: more than 60% of priority French people have already been vaccinated


Pharmacists have administered a third of the 11 million vaccines passed. The 2.45 million doses ordered by the state will first be delivered to nursing homes next week, then to hospitals, and finally to pharmacies. Non-priority people are not sure at this stage that they can be vaccinated.

The flu shot took off in a month.

Paradoxically, 2020 will have been the year of real success in health prevention, with the take-off of influenza vaccination among priority audiences. Indeed, while the vaccine campaign was inaugurated on October 13, more than 60% of people over 65 years of age or vulnerable due to a chronic disease have already received their injection, according to the Ministry of Health. . To immunize the population, it would certainly be necessary to vaccinate at least 75% of the population … but by way of comparison, in the pre-Covid era, we only reached 40% of the priority target.

The French have rushed on the flu vaccine, with nearly 11 million doses dispensed in pharmacies to date and posters in storefronts everywhere announcing a supply disruption. “It’s an extremely positive assessment, in one month we consumed everything we usually consume in a complete vaccination campaign”, we welcome to the Ministry of Health. The operation usually ends in February.

Adjust controls as needed

With the coronavirus, there was a mobilization of all stakeholders to prevent a second epidemic of respiratory infections from further submerging the hospital system this winter. Around March, pharmacists in cities and in health establishments ordered 13.5 million doses of influenza vaccine from their usual suppliers (Mylan and Sanofi). That is 2 million more doses than the previous year, which had already been marked by an increase in vaccination, pharmacists having been authorized to administer the vaccine themselves. The latter have carried out a third of the vaccination since October, or 3.2 million injections.

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Why not have seen bigger from the start? It is important to adjust the orders to the needs, says one to the ministry, because the vaccines do not keep well and the viral strains evolve anyway from one year to the next. “We must then destroy the stocks, which is bad both economically and environmentally”, we justify.

Ehpad, hospitals …

In the spring, the state decided for the first time to order nearly 2 million additional doses. Public buyers went abroad to source their supplies, in the American or Finnish subsidiaries of Sanofi, in Germany at GSK, AstraZeneca, etc. “By dint of calling the laboratories to find stocks, we recovered 1 million doses two weeks ago, bringing the total to 2.45 million”, we tell the Ministry of Health.

From next week, 400,000 of these doses will be sent with the help of wholesalers-distributors and pharmacies. They will first be delivered to nursing homes. “It seems that they are only missing 100,000 doses, because they have already vaccinated a lot”, comments the president of the FSPF pharmacists union, Philippe Besset. From December 7, we will deliver the hospitals. Then in mid-December, the pharmacies.

Until November 30, pharmacists were instructed to serve only priority audiences and patients with a prescription. Perhaps they can start dispensing the vaccine to non-priority audiences in December. If there are any vaccines left.

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Pharmacists have administered a third of the 11 million vaccines passed. The 2.45 million doses ordered by the state will first be delivered to nursing homes next week, then to hospitals, and finally to pharmacies. Non-priority people are not sure at this stage that they can be vaccinated.

The flu shot took off in a month.

Paradoxically, 2020 will have been the year of real success in health prevention, with the take-off of influenza vaccination among priority audiences. Indeed, while the vaccine campaign was inaugurated on October 13, more than 60% of people over 65 years of age or vulnerable due to a chronic disease have already received their injection, according to the Ministry of Health. . To immunize the population, it would certainly be necessary to vaccinate at least 75% of the population … but by way of comparison, in the pre-Covid era, we only reached 40% of the priority target.

The French have rushed on the flu vaccine, with nearly 11 million doses dispensed in pharmacies to date and posters in storefronts everywhere announcing a supply disruption. “It’s an extremely positive assessment, in one month we consumed everything we usually consume in a complete vaccination campaign”, we welcome to the Ministry of Health. The operation usually ends in February.

Adjust controls as needed

With the coronavirus, there was a mobilization of all stakeholders to prevent a second epidemic of respiratory infections from further submerging the hospital system this winter. Around March, pharmacists in cities and in health establishments ordered 13.5 million doses of influenza vaccine from their usual suppliers (Mylan and Sanofi). That is 2 million more doses than the previous year, which had already been marked by an increase in vaccination, pharmacists having been authorized to administer the vaccine themselves. The latter have carried out a third of the vaccination since October, or 3.2 million injections.

Read also:

Flu, coronavirus: pharmacists ready to vaccinate more French people

Why not have seen bigger from the start? It is important to adjust the orders to the needs, says one to the ministry, because the vaccines do not keep well and the viral strains evolve anyway from one year to the next. “We must then destroy the stocks, which is bad both economically and environmentally”, we justify.

Ehpad, hospitals …

In the spring, the state decided for the first time to order nearly 2 million additional doses. Public buyers went abroad to source their supplies, in the American or Finnish subsidiaries of Sanofi, in Germany at GSK, AstraZeneca, etc. “By dint of calling the laboratories to find stocks, we recovered 1 million doses two weeks ago, bringing the total to 2.45 million”, we tell the Ministry of Health.

From next week, 400,000 of these doses will be sent with the help of wholesalers-distributors and pharmacies. They will first be delivered to nursing homes. “It seems that they are only missing 100,000 doses, because they have already vaccinated a lot”, comments the president of the FSPF pharmacists union, Philippe Besset. From December 7, we will deliver the hospitals. Then in mid-December, the pharmacies.

Until November 30, pharmacists were instructed to serve only priority audiences and patients with a prescription. Perhaps they can start dispensing the vaccine to non-priority audiences in December. If there are any vaccines left.

Read also:

DOSSIER> Vaccination campaign against Covid-19: what is being prepared in France