French pharmacies lack influenza vaccines – RT en français
France is experiencing an episode of influenza vaccine shortage. In the midst of the vaccination campaign for the most vulnerable people, waiting lists are growing and concern is mounting among pharmacists.
While the flu vaccination campaign was launched on October 13, pharmacists were quickly faced with a shortage of vaccines. Health services are calling on the most vulnerable patients to get vaccinated, but not all patients on pharmacy waiting lists have had the opportunity to do so, reports The Dispatch. A delicate situation in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
There would only remain in France the state stocks of influenza vaccines, still according to the regional daily. A shortage explained by a replenishment of vaccines in pharmacies which is slow to come. The second wave of vaccine distribution, after the first one was a dazzling success, leads to situations of vaccine shortage. In October, 7.645 million fragile patients were vaccinated, against 4.668 million in October 2019.
A vaccination campaign victim of its success, as confirmed by Jean-Marie Guillermin, vice-president of the Order of Pharmacists of Occitanie and owner of a pharmacy in the center of Toulouse. “We did receive the rest of our vaccine orders in November, but our waiting list was such that we all passed them with these patients, and we already have no more, so we continue. to receive people in search of vaccines, ”he declared, questioned by the regional daily.
The pharmacist denounces the poor organization and the lack of anticipation of the public authorities. “Other countries were able to place their orders much earlier, unlike us who placed them in August”, protested the pharmacist in the columns of The Dispatch. “Result: we can only hope now that we will have these doses promised by the State available to customers, and not too late, because it is in December that we will have to vaccinate those who do not yet have it. been … ”, he concluded.
Imbroglio between Olivier Véran and the Union of dispensing pharmacists
The seasonal flu vaccination campaign is being encouraged by the government to avoid overcrowding hospitals, already under strain due to the Covid-19 epidemic. However, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran had declared on November 3 on RTL that there were “18% of pharmacies which were out of stock to date”. “Many are being restocked, so we will continue this influenza vaccination campaign, until December, and we will do more vaccines than in previous years. This is good news ”, then estimated the Minister of Health.
The Union of Pharmacists of Pharmacies (USPO) had put forward for its part a much higher shortage figure, and presented a much more dramatic situation. “Doses will still arrive, but today, between 80 and 90% of pharmacists have no more stock, they can no longer vaccinate”, lamented on October 25 Pierre-Olivier Variot, vice-president of the USPO Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, during a video conference from the USPO.