FIRST VACCINES ARRIVE IN MONACO - COVID-19 vaccination campaign begins tomorrow
The first vaccines were shipped on Wednesday 29 December 2020 via special, secure logistic routes put in place to ensure that the vaccines can be kept and delivered in the right conditions. These logistic routes are particularly complex due to the fact that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine must be kept in special freezers. The vaccines will next be transported as quickly as possible to the locations where they will be administered.
The first vaccinations will begin on Thursday in care homes for the elderly.
The Department of Health Affairs (DASA) is providing support to those locations that would like assistance with preparations, particularly in terms of organising pre-vaccination consultations and obtaining consent from people who wish to be vaccinated.
This preparatory phase will also help to determine the number of vaccines that need to be delivered to each location and to ensure that locations have the capacity to use them quickly following delivery. Vaccination will be carried out within the facility itself by a team supervised by a doctor. Two doses will be administered 21 days apart.
The Prince’s Government is paying particular attention to ensuring the smooth running of this operation. Private doctors will also be fully involved in supporting the vaccination campaign alongside care staff.
Beginning in early January, over 75s who are resident in the Principality and have declared a wish to be vaccinated* will be contacted and offered a vaccination appointment at the Espace Léo Ferré.
Didier Gamerdinger stressed that “it was important for the Government to quickly receive the first vaccine deliveries to protect our elderly and most vulnerable as soon as possible.”
* The Government has sent a letter to these individuals inviting them to contact the COVID-19 Call Centre (92.05.55.00) if they want to be vaccinated.