The Yvelines vaccinodrome, the yellow jersey for the Covid-19 inoculation race in France

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The Yvelines vaccinodrome, the yellow jersey for the Covid-19 inoculation race in France


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                En France, plus de 30 centres de vaccination à haut volume Covid-19 - surnommés parfois par dérision "vaccinodromes" - sont sur le point d'ouvrir, promettant un coup de pouce au déploiement de l'inoculation initialement lent dans le pays.  FRANCE 24 a rendu visite à l'un de ces centres à l'intérieur de la piste cyclable du vélodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, à l'extérieur de Paris.
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                                    <p>"Allez! Encore, encore, encore! C'MON!"  un homme sur une moto interpelle les cyclistes sprint de l'équipe de France alors qu'ils tournent autour de la piste du vélodrome en pente.  Ses explosions pourraient tout aussi bien être dirigées vers les agents de santé qui administrent des injections en contrebas dans la fosse de forme ovale qui entoure la piste.

Welcome to the gigantic vaccination center in the Yvelines department, in this south-western suburb of the French capital. The vaccinodrome, as this type of installation has become known in France, foreshadows similar structures that the government is preparing to deploy in the fight against Covid-19, intended to help achieve the country’s goal of 10 million firsts. doses injected in mid-April. On Wednesday, the day that FRANCE 24 entered the scene, more than 1,600 people received an injection of the Pfizer / BioTech or Moderna vaccines. The figure of one day represents more than three times the number of doses that a standard center in France manages to inject in an average week.

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A dashboard indicates the number of doses administered since the opening of the vaccination center at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome, outside Paris. Between 1,500 and 2,000 doses are injected daily. © Mehdi Chebil
    </div>Parmi les vaccinés de la journée, la plupart avaient déjà prévu des rendez-vous en ligne à l'aide de Doctolib, un site Web qui propose des réservations pour les rendez-vous chez le médecin.  D'autres, comme Nicole Lalau, sont venus après avoir reçu un coup de fil d'un élu local proposant un créneau de vaccination.

Lalau, 74, from a small town near Versailles, says: “I am a big fan of Dr Raoult”, referring to the controversial French professor who has strongly advocated the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid- 19. “And, to begin with, I didn’t really want to get the vaccine. But when my mayor called to offer this meeting, I immediately accepted, ”she says. “Mainly because I can’t wait to be able to leave freely. ”

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Nicole Lalau, 74, gets vaccinated at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines cycling center on March 31, 2021. She is very satisfied with the speed of the process, she says: 40 minutes between arriving and leaving the center vaccination.
Nicole Lalau, 74, gets vaccinated at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines cycling center on March 31, 2021. She is very satisfied with the speed of the process, she says: 40 minutes between arriving and leaving the center vaccination. © Mehdi Chebil
    </div>Raymond Vericel, un ancien directeur de stock de 74 ans, a eu moins de chance avec son propre maire.  «J'ai essayé plusieurs fois d'obtenir un rendez-vous sur Internet, mais chaque créneau était plein. La mairie où j'habite n'arrêtait pas de me renvoyer chez Doctolib», explique le retraité.  Il a dû réessayer avant de réussir enfin à obtenir une heure de vaccination.

The two newly vaccinated seniors followed the same procedure. First, an interview in a white stall with a doctor, who checked for some reason not to prescribe a vaccine and then issued a certificate of eligibility for vaccination according to the criteria set by the government. The injection itself is usually administered by a nurse in a blue stall. Finally, the new vaccination is recorded in the French social security database and the follow-up appointment for a second dose is confirmed.

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Vaccination candidates line up at the entrance to the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome on March 31, 2021. Eligibility will continue to expand to new age groups: high-risk unconditional candidates over 60 will be eligible from mid-April.  50 from mid-May.
Vaccination candidates line up at the entrance to the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome on March 31, 2021. Eligibility will continue to expand to new age groups: high-risk unconditional candidates over 60 will be eligible from mid-April. 50 from mid-May. © Mehdi Chebil
    </div>Le processus a été organisé pour que les 15 médecins et 15 infirmières présents mercredi sur place puissent accomplir leurs tâches le plus rapidement possible.  Le personnel administratif qui maintient le vaccinodrome en marche est pour sa part issu de la dizaine de communes qui composent Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

“Our goal is to strike mass, but also to avoid any social injustice in the selection process. This is why we work a lot with the CCAS (Social and Community Action Centers), which bring us people who are not able to plan their appointments themselves ”, explains Sandrine Hector, responsible for relations. public buildings in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

To maintain their rhythm of 1,500 to 2,000 doses per day, nurses constantly take turns in the pharmacy area to decant the precious vaccine liquid from its vials into syringes. Their colleagues in charge of injections quickly follow one another to “claim their dose”. It is in this hive of activity that pharmacy assistants strive to get the most out of every vial: up to seven doses from Pfizer vials and up to 12 from Moderna vials.

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The pharmacy stand, where nurses prepare syringes.  It is the beating heart of the vaccinodrome, where health workers continuously drop in to collect the doses to be injected.
The pharmacy stand, where nurses prepare syringes. It is the beating heart of the vaccinodrome, where health workers continuously drop in to collect the doses to be injected. © Mehdi Chebil
    </div>Les flacons de vaccins sont les vraies munitions dans cette guerre des soins de santé contre Covid-19.  Ils sont stockés dans des réfrigérateurs dans une pièce dont Tristan Eybert, le responsable de ce centre, garde précieusement les clés.  «En général, nous prenons livraison des vaccins pour le lendemain. Le plus important pour nous serait d'avoir des provisions aussi régulièrement que possible afin que nous puissions ajuster les rendez-vous et la logistique à l'avance», explique Eybert, qui travaille. pour la ville.

However, he believes that a new upsurge to reach the goal of 5,000 injections per day seems possible. “We could start by extending the hours of operation and vaccinating later in the evening, which would be possible with younger populations,” he says. The number of health workers and doses should also follow suit – two areas in which the stars are starting to align.

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Empty Pfizer / BioTech vaccine vials accumulate.  They are all numbered to allow precise tracking of stocks.
Empty Pfizer / BioTech vaccine vials accumulate. They are all numbered to allow precise tracking of stocks. Mehdi CHEBIL
    </div>Les renforts humains devraient arriver car le gouvernement a annoncé qu'il mobilisait les pompiers et le personnel des forces armées pour cette tâche aux côtés de vastes catégories de personnels de santé déjà autorisés à effectuer des vaccinations.  Quant aux «munitions», la France devrait recevoir deux millions de doses du vaccin Pfizer / BioTech chaque semaine tout au long du mois d'avril.

This is a blessing for the staff at the vaccinodrome, who regularly face mistrust of the AstraZeneca vaccine. “When we tell people we’re going to vaccinate them with Pfizer, we see their faces light up,” says Hector, the city’s public relations manager. “It’s almost like we are releasing a great Chablis instead of a classic white wine! ”

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Raymond Vericel poses for a photo near the exit after receiving his vaccination. "We meet children in our stairwell whose class has been closed because of Covid-19," said the 74-year-old retiree. "It's reassuring to be vaccinated."
Raymond Vericel poses for a photo near the exit after receiving his vaccination. “We meet children in our stairwell whose classroom was closed because of Covid-19,” says the 74-year-old retiree. “It’s reassuring to be vaccinated. “ © Mehdi Chebil
    </div><strong><em>Cet article a été traduit de l'original, en français.</em></strong>


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