The Minister of Health Olivier Véran on Friday called on the population "to be massively tested" before the family reunion on the Ascension Bridge, while asking for "an unprecedented mobilization" of vaccination centers from this weekend.
"I invite the French to go for massive testing before finding their loved ones," said the minister during a trip to the anti-Covid-19 vaccination center in Clichy-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint -Denis).
He therefore "asked pharmacies to be mobilized to carry out antigenic tests in quantity" and indicated that self-tests would be "distributed in certain places in quantity".
On the vaccination side, he wished for an "unprecedented mobilization" of vaccination centers - as well as doctors, pharmacists and nurses - "from this weekend and throughout next week".
Vaccination centers open until 10 p.m. or later
Olivier Véran spoke of an extension of hours, "with centers that can open until 22 hours or even later", and specified that those who will be vaccinated in the evening "will obviously not be subject to curfew rules".
More slots are also expected on Saturdays and Sundays.
"All the centers will not be open every weekend, but I ask that as much as possible be, mobilizing all energies to make [them] work," he added.
Véran will vaccinate the French
The minister, a trained doctor, also announced that he would "put on the gown for the evening of Tuesday in a vaccination center to lend a hand to the collective effort".
The government has set the target at 20 million people who received at least one dose on May 15 and "we are doing everything to achieve this goal," he said.
To date "we have achieved close to 18 million first injections," he said.
According to him, the vaccine campaign "is in full swing" with 617,000 injections in the last 24 hours, "a new record after the one beaten yesterday".
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