The Nantes-Erdre vaccination center will close its doors at the end of the month, due to a drop in attendance.
Fourth dose, vacation abroad… There are various reasons for getting vaccinated in the middle of April 2022.
It is no longer at all the frantic pace of the beginnings.
This Wednesday, there are no crowds and we take our time in the Nantes-Erdre room, which houses one of the last vaccination centers against Covid-19 still open in Loire-Atlantique.
Accessible only three days a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, with or without an appointment) now, the site in which thousands of patients parade daily is sometimes preparing to close its doors at the end of the month, like of the mobile center in the districts.
“We only do more than 50 to 100 injections per day here on average [against 3,500 at the Beaujoire vaccinodrome, at the peak of the vaccination campaign], reports Didier Levrat, project manager of the population protection center at Nantes town hall. .
Since March 14 and the lifting of the vaccination pass, people no longer come,
we are in very great decline.
While the vast majority of patients seen here are people over the age of 60, eligible for a fourth dose, the reasons for getting vaccinated in the middle of April 2022 are diverse, even if the holidays at the 'stranger often come back.
Opposed to the vaccine, this is why Aurélie, 26, finally took the plunge.
“I'm going to Brazil very soon, to join my boyfriend, whom I haven't seen for 7 months, explains the young woman, who chose the Novavax vaccine, without messenger RNA.
I clearly didn't want to because I think everyone should be free, but I no longer have a choice.
Adrien and Ludwig, two colleagues in their twenties, also came “reluctantly” to take their third dose so they could travel.
"We have a business trip to Marrakech that we don't want to miss," they explain.
We wouldn't have done it otherwise.
Even with two doses, we both got Omicron, and it wasn't that bad.
“She will soon pass the patent”
Composed of seven agents, three nurses and a doctor, the Nantes-Erdre center team also sees children pass by.
And especially the youngest, from 5 years old, for whom vaccination was opened later.
A small colorful bandage on the shoulder, Chloé and Camille, 9 and 10 years old, still have to wait a few minutes before they can leave.
“We asked them for their opinion, and they were up for it, reports Céline, their mother.
With their father, we are convinced of vaccination, we want to protect the family as much as possible.
The big one is going back to college in September, so we wanted it to be done in case it starts up again.
Clémence, a 14-year-old girl who comes to the building, has reserved a slot for a third injection.
“We know that it is no longer necessarily required but there are many cases in his class, justifies his mother.
And then she soon passes the patent, you have to be careful.
According to the regional health agency, more than 81% of the population of Loire-Atlantique has received at least two doses of vaccine.
After the closure of the center, the vaccination campaign will continue “in proximity in medical offices by general practitioners, nurses and community pharmacies”, she indicates.
In the Pays-de-la-Loire, the incidence rate has remained steady for several weeks at around 1,400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with more than a third of positive screening tests.
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