Flu vaccination starts slowly, no shortage of vaccines to worry about this year

Flu vaccination starts slowly, no shortage of vaccines to worry about this year
Flu vaccination starts slowly, no shortage of vaccines to worry about this year

In 2020, Elise Palfray, pharmacist in Le Havre had been robbed at the start of the campaign. “In two and a half days, we had no more stock of vaccines. There, the campaign started on Friday, it’s been three days already and I have 70% of my stock left.” calculates the co-president of the union of pharmacists of Seine-Maritime. Last year, Elise vaccinated more than 150 people on the first day, this year only thirty. “Certainly a little more than in 2019 but not at all like last year” notes the pharmacist. To avoid the shortage, most pharmacies have ordered a few more doses this year, “between 15 and 20% more” according to the co-president of the pharmacists’ union and the labs have also produced a little more vaccines explains Henri Lanfry, director of the Sanofi Pasteur plant in Val-de-Reuil who distributes the flu shot. “We have increased for France by 30% the number of doses that we are going to market in the various pharmacies, and deliveries are leaving every day and until the end of the year since the campaign starts at the end of October. and continues until the end of the year or even the beginning of January “. Starting with priority people, the over 65s. It also remains a state stock available when needed. Last year, despite the supply problems, anyone who wanted to be vaccinated was able to do so. Immunization coverage increased by 8% in 2020, reaching 60%.

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