France Starts Mass Vaccination of Health Workers

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France has begun the mass vaccination of their healthworkers – including that of Health Minister Olivier Véran – taking the first shot as the first deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived.

Health Minister Véran has exhibited some form of confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday as he received a shot of the vaccine in front of TV cameras and reporters at a hospital southwest of Paris.

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France government received 270,000 doses of the jab on Saturday and would take delivery of another 300,000 in the next few days, he added.

France’s health authority has not approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for use on the over 65s after concerns at the lack of data on its efficiency in this group, so the government has decided that the vaccine will be used as a priority for all healthcare workers, including hospital and nursing home staff as well as domestic health workers.

But Minister Véran stated that, the South African variant had not been widely detected in France.

“I continue to recommend vaccination by the AstraZeneca vaccine, which protects against 99 percent of the viruses that are present in our country,” Veran said from a hospital in the town of Melun.

“I encourage all careworkers to get themselves vaccinated in their hospitals, health centres and all available places in order to protect themselves as fast as possible.


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