“We have centers, but not enough vaccines”

It’s a ritual at the beginning of the year. The President of the Department, Jean-Pierre Marcon, welcomed the press to discuss various topics of the past year, but also the prospects ahead. The health crisis, which has been going on for almost a year, was inevitably discussed in detail on Thursday. In particular, the ministry’s efforts to “support the Covid crisis”.

1. Partnership “unique at national level” with the Émile-Roux Hospital Center

For example, Jean-Pierre Marcon recalled the municipality’s investment in “the distribution of masks to Altiligériens. We have provided 700,000 fabrics. We have also donated relief items such as gloves, robes, robes, etc. from companies in the Haute-Loire and hydroalcoholic gel. “He highlighted the rather” unique national “partnership with the Émile-Roux hospital center to organize a joint collaboration. This had the advantage of real departmental homogeneity in distribution.” “

2. Three openings of additional vaccination centers

The municipality also took part in the screening for all initiated by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in December. “Were these massive tests a good solution? I would not comment on the matter. On the other hand, we have played our part by joining the region. We have equipped all of our Ehpad with these tests. “”

In the same logic, while the health situation worsens, the department will “honor its vaccination obligations. We have assured the ARS (Regional Health Agency) that we will be mobilized alongside them. “How?” We are ready to provide the premises of the department council for the opening of a vaccination center. The department’s proposal has not yet been accepted by the prefecture and the ARS services.

Three centers have already been opened in Yssingeaux, Puy-en-Velay and Brioude. Three more should quickly pop up in Monistrol-sur-Loire (location not yet known), Craponne-sur-Arzon and Langeac (in local hospitals). This means that six centers are in operation.

3. “It is not for the communities to buy vaccines”

In the end, it’s not really about logistics, but about vaccine doses. “You’re not coming at the speed that was intended. We have centers, but not enough doses, ”regrets Jean-Pierre Marcon. On the other hand, he has a very clear opinion on the issue of community buying of vaccines: “We do not have the professional capacity for vaccines. Store them, distribute them, we don’t know! “”


Since vaccination started a week ago, 1,000 people have been vaccinated in nursing homes in Haute-Loire. “We have to speed up vaccination,” emphasizes Jean-Pierre Marcon. During this vaccination campaign, a new cluster was discovered on a farm at the beginning of the week.