The Paris football stadium will be transformed into a vaccinodrome
The Stade de France, the popular football stadium in Paris, which has been devoid of spectators in the stands, will soon welcome candidates for the coronavirus vaccination.
Mathieu Hanotin, the mayor of Saint-Denis, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce the vaccination center at the national stadium. The site will begin the journey from April 6, during which 10,000 people will be able to receive the photo per week.
In the south of France, the city of Marseille has already started vaccination at the Velodrome stadium of the Olympique de Marseille football club.
Health Minister Olivier Veran said 35 mega vaccination centers will be set up in the coming days and the army, police and firefighters will be deployed for the campaign.
Elsewhere, authorities will open smaller centers.
“The objective is to use all the vaccines delivered from April to undertake the mass vaccination of the French,” he told BFMTV on Monday.
Authorities aim to deliver the first dose to 10 million people by mid-April.
In an interview with BFMTV, however, immunologist Alain Fischer, a government advisor on vaccine strategy, expressed reluctance to reach that figure. He cited slow deliveries and doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been temporarily suspended for fear of causing blood clots.
So far, 6,370,705 people have received at least one injection. As France faces a third wave of the pandemic, the government is counting on faster admissions from the vaccination campaign to overcome it. The latest health data has behaved better compared to last week, with 14,678 new infections and 287 deaths.
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