A vaccination center, in Douai on January 16, 2021. -
FRANCOIS GREUEZ / SIPA
Until then reserved for certain priority audiences including nursing home residents or caregivers, vaccination against Covid-19 is being extended this Monday to those over 75 years of age not living in retirement homes, i.e. 5 million people.
We must also add nearly 800,000 people with "high risk" pathologies (chronic renal failure, cancer under treatment, etc.).
In total, 6.4 million people, taking all categories into account, are thus called upon to be vaccinated.
But the Minister of Health Olivier Véran invited "patience", while the doses of the precious serum only arrive gradually.
He said that "more than a million vaccinations will be carried out" by the end of January, between 2.4 and 4 million by the end of February.
Visiting Lyon on Saturday, Jean Castex also recognized that those over 75 could not be vaccinated "in a few days", and called for a vaccination "in peace".
The vaccinations "will be carried out gradually, as the 200 million doses of vaccine that France has ordered or pre-ordered will arrive on the national territory", he added, ensuring that the challenge will be "Statement".
Over a million appointments already made
In a country with vaccine-skeptical tendencies, an Ifop poll cited by
Le Parisien on
Saturday indicates that 54% of French people now want to be vaccinated.
This is 15 points more than in December.
Appointment requests, opened at the end of last week were marked by an influx of requests, with more than a million appointments already made, while 833 centers were "open and accessible for reservation", according to Olivier Véran.
But not all the seniors were able to register, generating some tension.
After a difficult start, only 422,127 people received a first injection on Sunday evening, the government continuing to be the target of criticism from the opposition and the medical world.
"At the current rate of delivery, it will take more than 4 and a half months to vaccinate only people over 75 years old," notably mocked the mayors of Dijon and Besançon on Saturday.
The president of the National Rally Marine Le Pen denounced for her part on Sunday a government "unable to vaccinate those who wish".
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