Macron opens vaccine access to all adults as France steps up anti-Covid drive
French President Emmanuel Macron has opened up access to Covid-19 vaccines for all adults in the case of unused doses available for next-day appointments. On Thursday, the president inaugurated a new mass-vaccination centre at Paris's National Exhibition Centre, the latest "vaccinodrome" in France's campaign to boost the inoculation drive.
The latest vaccinodrome is one of 27 mass vaccination centres in the Paris region. The new facility is intended to vaccinate up to 20,000 people per week.
Earlier this week, French authorities converted France's biggest stadium, the Stade de France on the northern outskirts of Paris, into a giant vaccination centre.
The opening of vaccinodromes across France are a visible sign that health authorities are stepping up the pace of inoculations following criticism over the slow initial roll-out due to supply problems.
In March, the southern city of Marseille opened its Velodrome Stadium for vaccinations, and Lyon followed suit last week, making available its Groupama Stadium, which reported 10,000 vaccinations over the Easter weekend alone. In the Paris area, an indoor cycle track in the Yvelines suburb southwest of the French capital, also opened last month.
Widening the age spectrum
The rapid opening up of new vaccination centres coincides with an increase in the number of people eligible for treatment.
At the opening of the new Paris vaccinodrome on Thursday, Macron announced that as of 10 May, everybody over the age of 50 would have access to the jab, and as of 12 May, unused doses would be available to all adults, irrespective of their health status, for next-day appointments.
Pres Macron announced during a visit to a new vaccinodrome in Paris today that jabs would be offered to all comers over-18 from 12 May - ie next Wed - if and when doses were available. Losing patience with the vax-shy of older age groups?https://t.co/xwvxUTsPeH— John Lichfield (@john_lichfield) May 6, 2021
🔴 "À partir de lundi 10 mai, les vaccinations commenceront pour les français qui ont plus de 50 ans" a déclaré Emmanuel Macron ce matin dans un centre de vaccination situé Porte de Versailles, à Paris.— LATITUDE (@latitudeoff) May 6, 2021
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