How to accelerate the vaccination campaign? This is the question to which two scientific data, Martin Daniel and Mathieu Ripert, tried to answer by launching the Covidliste site on March 30, presented as a “Citizens’ initiative”. The two men, now supported by a network of nearly 100 volunteers, have expressed their wish to put an end to the wasting of doses of anti-Covid vaccines. To achieve this, Covidliste – which does not exist in application form – wants “Put in contact the volunteers for vaccination with the doses not used by the centers and the health personnel”.
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Thursday, April 22, 753,191 volunteers are registered awaiting vaccination. 46,780 people have already been contacted by Covidliste for an available dose and 2,858 of them have confirmed an appointment for a first injection. The site, which relies on 553 vaccination centers and partner health professionals, aims for national coverage by the end of April.
► How does the site work?
All volunteers over 18, from mainland France or overseas can register.
Practitioners also register on the platform, and determine the volunteers to contact. “Every morning, we look at the number of doses we will have left, then we inform them about Covidliste. We then launch the campaign to target patients registered on the site by entering an age and distance limit, and the software is responsible for sending an automatic message to users who meet these criteria ”, explains Nicolas de Chanaud, general practitioner in a Parisian medical practice.
Those selected receive an automatic message inviting them to reserve an available time slot. They have a very short period of time – between five and ten minutes – to click on a link confirming that they have made an appointment during the day, sometimes even within an hour.
► How are the data of registered persons processed?
Data, “Reduced to the strict minimum” – name, age, address, means of contact – are hosted in France and fully secure, assures Covidliste which adds in a press release: “These are deleted the day after they are put in touch with the partner who is carrying out the vaccination. “
“We do not collect additional personal information other than that indicated in the registration form”, also makes known the volunteer site. The same goes for health professionals put in touch with users of the service. “I hardly have access to any patient data”, confirms Nicolas de Chanaud.
► Does Covidlist allow a non-priority public to receive a dose of vaccine?
Unused doses are first allocated to “priority” people according to the vaccination schedule. “We ask health professionals who use our services to respect the directives of the Ministry of Health”, insists Germain Carré, developer and volunteer for Covidliste. “Our role is simply to put in touch with these professionals. “
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If no priority individual can come to an appointment, practitioners choose to lower the age of the target audience until they find a taker, to avoid waste. Penelope found herself in this situation. The 59-year-old received a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine a few days before the campaign opened to people over 55 without comorbidities. “There was no one else available”, she explains.
► What about the second injection?
Appointments for a second dose are determined directly by healthcare professionals, most often during the first interview. Bruno, 56, received his first dose of vaccine on Wednesday, April 21, after being contacted by a Toulouse pharmacy located near his work. He has yet to get a date for a second injection, but the pharmacy has assured him that they will contact him again for the “End of June – beginning of July”.
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” We do not manage the appointments for a second injection, once the first injection is done, the volunteer is followed by health professionals “, confirms Germain Carré.