Paris (Associated Press)-Although European governments launched their virus vaccination programs with fanfare this weekend, France has adopted a more low-key approach because French citizens are generally skeptical about the vaccine.
After the first shot was injected into the arm of a 78-year-old woman Morissette in a long-term care facility near Paris on Sunday, President Emmanuel Macron called on his compatriots: “Let us trust our researchers and Doctor. We are the country of the Enlightenment and the country of (vaccine pioneer Louis) Pasteur. Reason and science should guide us.”
But many of his compatriots are worried. They remember the health scandals in France in recent decades, including scandals about poorly managed vaccines. They are worried that the development of coronavirus vaccines is too fast, aimed at bringing profits to large pharmaceutical companies, or risking long-term side effects that the world will only discover from now on.
France has lost more lives due to this virus than most countries, and it is one of the largest economies in the world, and its economy has been severely damaged by two virus blockades. Doctors hope that the hesitation of the French vaccine will disappear as more people get vaccinated.
Dr. Jean-Jacques Monsuez, a 65-year-old cardiologist in a nursing home in the northeast of Paris, is the second person in France to receive the vaccine. He said that after he and several elderly patients were injected, “They have been vaccinated, we have been vaccinated, and we are all in the same boat. The boat cannot sink.
“There is a country around the ship that cannot sink.”
The politicians at the far right and far left of France have raised concerns about vaccines, but polls commissioned by the National Health Service show that this suspicion also comes from some moderate voters.
Justine Lardon (Justine Lardon) suffered a serious side effect of the hepatitis B vaccine in 2010, walked on crutches and hesitated whether to get the virus vaccine. She told the local newspaper Le Progres that she supports vaccination but is worried that doctors are not paying enough attention to personal health issues.
She was quoted as saying: “If (vaccine) can eliminate this epidemic, that would be great, but I don’t want this vaccine to become a time bomb.”
The French government has been cautiously communicating the message, keen to ensure that it will not be seen as a mandatory vaccination for the public. Instead, the authorities count on doctors to convince patients that it is in the best interest of them and the country to use the vaccine.
Macron reiterated on Sunday that the vaccine will be provided free of charge and is not mandatory.
France did not broadcast the first batch of vaccines on live TV as elsewhere, and no government ministers were present. No top official said they were getting the vaccine, but insisted that the most vulnerable people should be vaccinated first.
In a country with a large elderly population (including many with cognitive impairments), the government is under pressure from the families concerned to formulate broad guidelines to obtain their consent before vaccinating nursing home patients.
However, many French people are eager to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
When Mauricette was told that he was the first person to receive the vaccine in France, he said, “I am very touched.” “You are a star,” said the doctor who administers it, gently folding Mauricette’s sleeve towards her. After the small bandage on the upper arm, said.
“We don’t need to convince her.” She said: “Yes, I’m ready to avoid this disease,” said Dr. Samir Thien, head of geriatric services at her facility in Sefran, northeast of Paris. .
Tien said: “This is an important day.” “We are very eager to have a new weapon, we are very eager to rediscover our normal life.”
France reported the highest number of viral infections in Western Europe and the country with the highest number of deaths, killing 62,573 people. Nearly one-third of the people died in nursing homes, so the government decided to first vaccinate the elderly and some high-risk medical personnel.
Health Minister Olivier Veran warned in an interview in the Daily newspaper published on Sunday that the infection rate in France has risen again in certain areas, especially among the elderly in rural areas, warning hospitals The pressure may start to grow again, and said the government is “ruling out a third lockdown.”
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