“Here in the department, we have adopted a strategy adapted as much as possible to the specificities of the department. We have started to vaccinate in nursing homes. Then, we had a reflection on the network in the territory, recalls Philippe Mahé, prefect of Finistère. There is no obvious accessibility to all the centers. This is why eleven vaccination centers have been gradually opened. To date, 58,489 people have been vaccinated in the department ”.
To target more specifically the inhabitants of isolated areas, a mobile vaccination campaign against covid-19, led by Sdis 29 and commissioned by the Regional Health Agency (ARS) and the Prefecture of Finistère, then began on February 18 and 19 in the Finistère Ponant Islands (Ouessant, Molène, Sein and Batz). 552 people benefited from it. This campaign targets people over 75 who do not live in nursing homes, but also those with co-morbid factors.
“It doesn’t even hurt”
This Tuesday morning, it is in the Monts d’Arrée, in Brasparts, that the mobile vaccination bus stopped. Municipal rooms have been selected for vaccinations, per half-day, in six municipalities (Brasparts, Huelgoat, La Feuillée, Sizun, Scrignac and Berrien) but they are open to surrounding areas, i.e. 19 towns in total. The bus, usually reserved for operations to raise awareness of domestic risks in schools, is used to transport equipment (vaccines, screens, etc.) and has a room in the event of a patient being unwell.
Seven agents among the personnel of Sdis 29 (four firefighters, a doctor and two nurses) were deployed to provide this service. “Once there, registrants must answer a questionnaire to verify their eligibility for the vaccine. If they have a fever or a recent covid, we invite them to come back to be vaccinated later ”, explains the doctor in charge. The patients then go to a second room to receive their injection and then remain under surveillance before returning home.
“It doesn’t even hurt,” smiles Thérèse, an 83-year-old Braspartate after her injection. Sitting nearby, André, 81, assures us: “You had to do it when you see all these deaths. For me, it was impeccable ”.
“These itinerant centers are one more service”
It is the town halls which are responsible for selecting and contacting potential candidates, then reserving for them, if they wish, a vaccination slot among those available. In all, 480 people are targeted in the Monts d’Arrée. Thus, in Brasparts, 75 candidates were selected. Half are vaccinated this week and the other half the following week. In Loqueffret, they are 47, informed of the operation in particular via the municipal bulletin. At Cloître-Pleyben, of the 63 people identified, 35 will be vaccinated this week. “We have grouped people into groups that get along well and the elected officials have helped to transport them on the spot,” reveals Dominique Bilirit, the mayor of Cloître-Pleyben.
In Lannédern, fifteen people are registered to be vaccinated this week and fifteen the following week, ie all the inhabitants of the municipality concerned. “At over 75, they are not always comfortable with digital tools. We had offered to reserve a slot for them in town hall in a center in Châteaulin or Carhaix but it was complicated to have and there was also the distance… The announcement of this campaign was therefore well received, rejoices the mayor. Pauline Caro. These itinerant centers are one more service ”.
After the Monts d’Arrée, the “vacci-bus” will head for Cap Sizun. For these two territories, 960 doses of vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna) have been reserved.
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