Europe increases vaccinations as the virus infests Easter holidays

Paris (AP) — The main stadium in Lyon, France, opened as a mass immunization center on the Easter weekend. Thousands of people spent side-by-side vacations for injections in the hippodrome, velodrome, or elsewhere as France tried to speed up the shot in a new rush. Coronavirus case.

But Europe Second Easter continues under the pandemic clouds, In some cities, vaccinations have been put on hold during long weekend vacations. This goes against France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s claim that “there are no weekends or holidays during vaccination.”

An official in the city of Strasbourg, France, said the vaccination facility was closed from Good Friday to Easter Monday, a holiday, and health care workers “finally need a little rest.” Strasbourg has extended vaccination times and administered all weekly vaccines from last Monday to Thursday to make available vaccines that could still save lives, officials said. It was.

Spain, Italy and Germany faced similar holiday vaccination challenges.

The Spaniards were lined up for a shot on Easter Sunday in Barcelona and elsewhere throughout the country, but Madrid stopped vaccination at a local health center to give staff a break. The Spanish capital continued to give shots at a football stadium and a new hospital built to help handle the pandemic case.

Spain fears yet another surge in infectious diseases as it is now Overwhelming French intensive care unitCarolina Darias, Minister of Health of Spain, has requested regional authorities to continue vaccination throughout Easter Week.

The French city of Sarcelles, north of Paris, was one of those who remained open at the vaccination center on Easter Sunday amid the infection and demand for mushroom hunting. The center organizer planned 2,000 injections on Sunday. This is twice the daily average.

Those waiting to get inside were lucky and relieved.Currently, the surrounding Val-d’Oise area has the highest coronavirus infection rate in France, and the situation in Sarcelles is The pandemic exacerbated existing inequality.

“The problem lies with those who are not yet qualified and in a hurry. I understand because they want to return to normal life,” said Dr. Magida El Mokutari. The dose distributed to us. “

The city’s working-class population is highly exposed to the virus because many are unable to work in remote areas. In housing projects in the area, many families are densely populated by multiple generations. Language barriers make it difficult for many migrants to organize vaccination arrangements.

In Lyon, France’s first football club, Olympique Lyonnais, opened a stadium and provided volunteer employees to assist healthcare professionals and firefighters in a mass vaccination drive that began on Saturday. Authorities plan to administer 3,000 doses daily during the first 3 days.

Club president Jean-Michel Auras expressed hope that this effort would help create “social cohesion” in times of tension and uncertainty. France entered the third partial blockade From Sunday.

Meanwhile, French troops have announced that they will open seven vaccination centers to support injections into civilians starting Tuesday.

In Italy, lucky people who were vaccinated in Milan on Sunday were given an additional reward of a dove-shaped Easter cake and pasta package. According to Italian media, only one hospital in the city was vaccinated for Easter. Some of the people who were giving injections at Niguarda Hospital in Milan were volunteering time with doctors from a retired hospital.

Dr. Vincenzo Lapisalda told SkyTG24TV that he “only contributed to this important battle” with COVID-19.

German vaccination centers seemed to remain mostly open during the holidays, but the number of injections is usually late on weekends.

The accelerated action of Easter in some European Union countries contrasted with the late start of European vaccine deployment during Christmas and New Year.

France is far behind the United Kingdom and the United States in immunizing its population, but the pace is starting to accelerate. France has received a total of 12 million vaccinations in the last three days, including nearly one million.

Spanish authorities are accelerating vaccination efforts with 2 million vaccinations in the past week. This is the largest amount ever. Spain had 8.5 million doses as of Friday.

Throughout the channel, UK authorities have a series of “coronavirus status certifications” over the next few weeks to see if people can safely return to mass rallies at sports arenas, nightclubs and concerts. I was planning to test the measures.

People attending various events, such as conferences and the FA Cup in soccer, need to be tested both before and after. The trial also collects evidence of how different approaches to ventilation and social distance can facilitate large-scale events.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will release details about his coronavirus passport on Monday.


Cetinic was donated by Sarcelles, France. Contributions were Joseph Wilson of Barcelona, ​​Francis Demilio of Rome, Silvia Hoy of London and David McHugh of Frankfurt.


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