The second phase is launched. After a sluggish start, the vaccination campaign in France is picking up speed, with the possibility for those over 75 years old outside Ephad, i.e. 5 million people, to make an appointment from Thursday, January 14 to receive their first injection of vaccine against Covid-19 from January 18. Eligible people have three options: call a national number, their local vaccination center or book a slot on the internet. Franceinfo explains how this meeting will take place.
A phone number will be created
The government wants to simplify the procedure and “the course” to ramp up vaccination. A planned time, a prior appointment with the attending physician will therefore not be compulsory. A national telephone number will be communicated on Thursday in order to centralize calls for making appointments. “He will direct you to the different centers [de vaccination] as close as possible to you “, had indicated the Minister of Health Olivier Véran at a press conference on Thursday, January 7. “Six vaccination centers will be opened in January by department, he had promised, at the rate of one center per 100,000 inhabitants. “
Later, on BFMTV, the Minister of Health had indicated that he was in the process of choosing the operator who will support this telephone platform. “In Germany it takes between three and six hours, I don’t want that”, had insisted Olivier Véran, wishing “an effective call”. People can also contact their local vaccination center directly by telephone.
In a second step, when vaccines less sensitive to the cold chain become available, the vaccination in the office by his attending physician will be “possible”, indicated Dominique Le Guludec, president of the High Authority of health, Tuesday on franceinfo.
Letters will be sent
Second channel planned by the authorities: La Poste. “A letter will be gradually sent by the Health Insurance to each elderly person, like a voucher for the flu vaccination, this will allow people to register”, detailed the government’s “vaccines sir”, Alain Fischer, on France Inter.
“From January 22, the people concerned should receive a letter with the coordinates of the centers on which they depend”, precise a case specialist in The cross. Eligible persons are not required to wait to receive this letter before making an appointment by phone or internet.
Websites are used
Third channel to make an appointment: internet, via one of the three private platforms chosen by the government – Doctolib, Maiia and Keldoc – or on the official website Santé.fr, accessible from Thursday 14 January for registrations.
Doctolib claims that “priority patients can already make an appointment” and claims “150 vaccination centers” equipped with its software “in all of France“. In fact, slots are already available on the site when you enter a location. In Angers (Maine-et-Loire), for example, vaccination is carried out at the CHU.
Stanislas Niox-Château, co-founder and president of Doctolib, assured Tuesday on franceinfo that the online appointment booking from Thursday “will be very simple, very accessible”.
“Patients will be able to make both appointments for both injections at the same time. And they will have reminder texts to make sure they come to their appointment.”Stanislas Niox-Chateau
No paper will be required to register online. You just have to indicate your age and select a time from among the slots available in the vaccination center of your choice.
The competitor Maiia, a subsidiary of the medical IT group Cegedim, assures for its part that registrations are possible “from this Wednesday January 13”. As for the Keldoc platform, a subsidiary of the National Hospital Mutual Fund, it also confirms having been “referenced” by the Ministry of Health and adds that it is already used in “a number of vaccination centers”.
The procedure is more or less the same on the Santé.fr site: “You register, you reserve your time slot, Olivier Véran explained. On site a doctor, or any other caregiver, will ask you a few questions, you will be made to complete a very simple self-questionnaire which will just aim to check that you can be vaccinated normally and in good conditions “. Then “if you wish, you can see a doctor; if not, you can go directly to the vaccination stage”.
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