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thousands of firefighters are mobilizing to give the injections

The government is further stepping up the pace of the coronavirus vaccination campaign. To achieve the objective announced by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran of “10 million first vaccinated in mid-April”, the executive is now mobilizing firefighters. Some 38 vaccination centers managed by firefighters are to be operational 7 days a week in the coming days. And some have already started injections, such as in Coudoux, near Marseille. In this center, 600 vaccinations are made daily.

Between 20,000 and 25,000 firefighters must be trained …

For the time being, 2,000 firefighters have already been trained in this medical act throughout France, out of the 20,000 to 25,000 that the government wants. For simplicity, these volunteer or professional firefighters will vaccinate with pre-filled syringes. “This makes the gesture even simpler, everything is already ready”, reassures himself Jean-Bernard firefighter from Lille who, after having learned the basic sanitary rules, is practicing with the simulation of an injection on a prosthesis foam. “You just have to prick and inject, the needle goes in by itself, there is no particular problem.”

“We have done everything possible to offer firefighters quality training which guarantees them safety in the act,” confirms Captain Bourrel, the nurse who set up this express vaccination for firefighters North. Here, 270 firefighters were trained in just three days. A massive participation in what the doctor Colonel Brimont compares to a real war effort. “As in any war, there is an effort to be made and I think our firefighters are empowered to complete this mass vaccination process as quickly as possible to protect people.”

… to vaccinate in “mega centers” and remote places

In addition to departmental vaccinodromes, firefighters will also be present in what are called “mega centers” such as the Stade de France in the Paris region, the Velodrome in Marseille or the Gerland stadium in Lyon. But isolated populations are not forgotten: around a hundred mobile units are already active to go and vaccinate remote areas.

Once the 38 centers are up and running, it will be necessary to be able to keep up with the rate of 530,000 injections per week.

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