Vaccination campaign: liberal doctors rebel against delays and blockages

Only “a sixth of the vaccines delivered by Pfizer” has been used, say the liberal doctors.

(illustration) (AFP / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK)

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We must “bring the vaccine closer to the patients”, but the public authorities are preventing liberal doctors from participating effectively in the French vaccination campaign, two of the main liberal doctors’ unions denounced Thursday 14 January.

“Anger” is mounting among general practitioners, warned Jacques Battistoni, president of MG France, during a press conference. “We do not give the means to operate at liberal vaccination centers” to administer the vaccine against Covid-19, he said, supporting testimony.

“We do not have authorizations easily, nor vaccine allocations, which we must negotiate,” he said, criticizing a difference in treatment with the hospital. “We see a kind of refocusing on hospitals” , which concentrate “with a ladle” of the vaccination centers opened to date.

“It makes it possible to increase the figures” of vaccination more quickly, but “it will be more difficult to get people over 75 years of age near them”, he warned.

70% of liberals ready to vaccinate

Jacques Battistoni pleaded for “to bring the vaccine closer to the patients”, with “a distance which must be as short as possible”, stressing that at least 70% of general practitioners “are ready to vaccinate themselves” , according to a survey carried out last week among 2,350 practitioners.

“We must accelerate”, also estimated Jean-Paul Ortiz, president of the CSMF, the first union among liberal doctors, who “has the impression that the administration is entangled in its heaviness”. “We used a sixth of the vaccines delivered by Pfizer” , a little less than 250,000 people out of about 1.5 million doses received, he said.

“Unlock all these bottles for us!”, He said, adding that “every day lost has catastrophic impacts from a health and economic point of view”. This should in particular allow “that all caregivers are vaccinated as soon as possible, and not only those over 50 years”.

“ The  country must do everything to preserve its caregivers who are at the front” , he justified, in particular for doctors, whose vaccination “serves as an example” for nurses and nursing assistants in whom “membership is much less massive”.

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