Covid-19: Olivier Véran’s letter to caregivers, nursing homes, vaccination, Île-de-France … The recap of March 5


► Vaccines: Olivier Véran wrote to the nursing staff

Priority for vaccination against Covid-19, caregivers are not in a hurry to benefit from it, to the point that some doctors are demanding to make it an obligation for health professionals.

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The risk of nosocomial infection is significant: nearly 27,000 patients contracted the virus in hospital between 1er January 2020 and February 14, 2021, according to Public Health France, which lists “186 related deaths”.

With around 30% of caregivers vaccinated, “Clearly, that’s not enough”, insisted the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, who sent on Friday March 5 a letter to all health professionals “To strongly encourage them to be vaccinated”.

► Ehpad: residents authorized to go out “if they are vaccinated”

Ehpad residents “Will be able to leave if they are vaccinated, with at least 15 days of follow-up after the second injection , said Friday the Minister of Health, who wants their “Gradually give back to freedom”.

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“This is what the Council of State asked us”, he recalled on RMC and BFMTV, two days after the highest administrative court of the country suspended the ban in force for several months, judged “Disproportionate” according to the 80% of residents now vaccinated with at least one dose.

► Pharmacists, nurses and midwives authorized to vaccinate

Pharmacists and midwives are now authorized to prescribe and inject vaccines against Covid-19, as well as nurses who can now vaccinate without a doctor being systematically present, according to a decree published on Friday in the Official Journal.

Vaccination remains reserved primarily for people over 75, those over 50 suffering from comorbidities and adults at very high risk, but the decree provides that pharmacists can “Prescribe vaccines (..) to any person”, except those “Having a haemostatic disorder” and pregnant women. These must go through the midwives, who can also prescribe a vaccine to “The entourage” parturients and newborns.

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These health professionals can also “Administer vaccines (…) to any person”, except those “Having a history of anaphylactic reaction”, either to “One of the components of these vaccines”, is “During the first injection”. These measures enter “Effective immediately”, specifies the decree.

► Île-de-France: more than 100 vaccination centers open all weekend

Most vaccination centers will remain open on Saturday March 6 and Sunday March 7 in Île-de-France, where new injection sites will be added in order to sell more than 50,000 doses in two days, local authorities said. Friday.

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Allowed by “An exceptional allocation of 51,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines”, this operation will mobilize 105 of the 123 vaccination centers which already welcome priority audiences, specify in a press release the regional health agency (ARS) and the police and regional prefectures.

Covid-19: Olivier Véran's letter to caregivers, nursing homes, vaccination, Île-de-France ... The recap of March 5

In addition 12 “New dedicated centers” will be open in Melun, Noisiel (Seine-et-Marne), Fleury-Mérogis, Palaiseau (Essonne), Aulnay-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis), Saint-Mandé (Val-de-Marne), Cergy, Garges -lès-Gonesse, Sannois (Val-d’Oise) and Paris (three sites).

► Paris: the ban on consuming alcohol extended to several places, including the quays

Alcohol consumption is prohibited between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Friday – and until March 21 – in Paris on the quays of the Seine and the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin, theaters last weekend of popular gatherings incompatible with the fight against Covid, announced the police headquarters (PP).

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“The health situation in Paris remains particularly sensitive with an active circulation of the virus and very strong pressure on the hospital system”, recalled the PP in a press release. It details several measures for “Slow down the circulation of the virus by avoiding grouping of people in public spaces, without limiting, during the day, the freedom to come and go”.

The banks of the Seine, the Esplanade des Invalides, the rue des Martyrs or the Canal Saint-Martin are particularly affected by this ban. In addition, non-food stores and shopping centers of more than 10,000 m2 are closed to the public in the capital.

► WHO: the report on the origins of the Covid delivered the week of March 15

The World Health Organization (WHO) team of experts dispatched to Wuhan, China in January to investigate the origins of the pandemic will release its report the week of March 15, the head of the organization said. WHO.

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“The team is working on the final report as well as on a summary, which we understand will be published simultaneously during the week of March 15th”said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, according to remarks made Thursday to delegates from member countries. “I know many member countries are eager to see the report” and “Me too of course”, added the Director General of WHO.

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