Stéphane Burgatt, edited by Antoine Terrel 10:13 am, November 18, 2021

In the northern districts of Marseille, a public health association is trying to reach out to people who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19, either out of mistrust or through isolation.

But it will be difficult, in spite of the efforts, to make up for the delay. 

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While France is facing an epidemic rebound, to the point that the government now speaks openly of "fifth wave", vaccination is more than ever essential to try to limit the rise in contamination.

But by the time the campaign for the third dose begins, some have still not received their first injection against Covid-19.

To make up for this delay, in the northern districts of Marseille, a public health association is in contact with those who have stayed away from the vaccination schedule.

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That morning, the SEPT association team went to the home of Alberte, 83, for his very first injection.

“Why have you fallen behind in the vaccination?” He is asked.

"Me, I do not walk", answers the octogenarian. 

"A lot of wrong information"

Dr HadiJi Slim is also on duty in a neighborhood medical center, where he faces the reluctance of residents.

“There is a lot of misinformation about vaccination, implantable chips, delusions that they found on the Internet,” he explains. 

This is why the president of the association Santé Environnement Pour Tous, Yazid Attala, organizes door-to-door operations.

"It's melee," he describes.

"We go to people, we discuss with them, we really try to look for them. Now, we are starting to catch up a little bit our delay. We are on a vaccination recovery," he continues.

"Currently, I think we must be around 45% of people vaccinated."

A vaccine delay complicated to catch up

Example with Joumouyate, who goes to the association's medical office.

“I didn't want to do it, as I heard a lot of rumors,” she admits.

"But when the woman knocked on my door at my house this morning, I said 'the good god sent you'. She explained it to me well, and I said 'I follow you'. . "

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But these associative activists warn: they will not be able, on their own, to make up for all the vaccination delay accumulated in the northern districts.

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