CÔTE D'AZUR & PROVENCE
The Alpes-Maritimes’ first ‘Vaccinodrome’ has opened in Cannes in order to facilitate a much more rapid and vast distribution of the new Covid-19 Vaccine. Long closed to the masses of festival and trade show attendees, the Palais des Festivals has once again reopened its doors, this time to give Covid jabs.
This operation is in addition to the vaccination already launched in the public and private EHPADs (assisted-living establishments) of the municipality, the independent senior residences and with the health professionals of the Simone Veil Hospital in Cannes.
After the initial launch of the vaccination programme, France was amongst the lowest in Europe to implement the plan. In fact, only 511 people were vaccinated against the virus in France between the start of the campaign and the first week of January. President Emmanuel Macron was reportedly outraged with the slow start and made strong words in his New Year’s address about simplifying the bureaucracy and stepping up the organisation.
In December, David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes and President of the Supervisory Board of the Simone Veil Hospital of Cannes sent several letters to the Regional Health Agency and the Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes with logistical proposals formulated to set up large communal vaccination centres and accelerate the collective immunisation against Covid-19 were heard by State authorities.
Thus, on Saturday 9th January 2021, Cannes City Hall opened its first "vaccinodrome" in the Palais des Festivals and Congres. In accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, which is responsible for the regulation of vaccination, it is currently welcoming independent health professionals (doctors, dental surgeons, physiotherapists, nurses, pharmacists, ambulance drivers, etc.) and assisted living workers over 50 years old or considered ‘at risk’.
"The first Cannes vaccinodrome, installed at the Palais des Festivals and Congresses, was authorized yesterday by the Regional Health Agency and the Maritime Alps Prefecture and will be open to the concerned public from Saturday, January 9th. Faced with this pandemic, it is an indispensable device to fight effectively against the virus, to implement a massive vaccination campaign and to propose to all those who want to be vaccinated an adapted and secure centre. The quicker we act, the more lives will be saved and the quicker we will be able to get out of this difficult period for our social relations and our economy. I am now calling on the State to quickly expand the panel of people wishing to have access to vaccination, particularly elderly people who do not live in EHPADs, without waiting until the end of the month as announced by the Minister of Solidarity and Health.”
-David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes
The best defence is offence
Since the beginning of the Covid crisis, Mayor Lisnard has implemented a policy of anticipation to better protect the people of Cannes from the first signs of the Covid-19 epidemic. This notably took the form of a wide distribution of masks to health professionals and the population (1,371,795 since 28 February), the setting up of massive RT-PCR test campaigns, the provision of municipal premises for the opening of a laboratory dedicated to Covid RT-PCR tests, and the deployment of antigenic tests.
Similarly, in November 2020, the Cannes City Council acquired two low-temperature freezers meeting the requirements for preserving and storing vaccines at -80°C in order to anticipate their arrival, avoid breaking the cold chain and facilitate the opening of major vaccination centres for people wishing to receive a dose of immunisation as quickly as possible and in the best possible conditions.
Thus, after having been transformed into a reception centre for the homeless on 20 March 2020 to offer people a dignified and secure welcome and enable them to respect the rules of the first confinement, the Palais des Festivals and Congresses has again become an important public service centre.
Where to go
The ‘Vaccinodrome’ is open in the Mediterranean Hall (1 boulevard de la Croisette, entrance on the left of the esplanade of the Palais) from 8 am to 6 pm, i.e. 10 hours continuously, and 6 days a week, from Monday to Saturday. Reception and vaccination of authorised visitors is organised by municipal health and administrative staff, in association with the town doctors and the Pays de Lérins Territorial Health Professional Community.
As of today, the Cannes Town Hall is operational to respond to the extension of vaccination to as many people as possible. For this purpose, and on the initiative of David Lisnard, the municipality has already set up a second centre, at the Palais des Victoires, located to the west of the city.
For now, only the first phase of the vaccine is administered, meaning only health workers, the elderly and people considered 'at-risk' are eligible for the vaccine. Phase two will open the vaccine to a wider audience.
How it works
The Palais des Festivals and Congresses and the Palais des Victoires are fully equipped and organised to ensure safe distribution at different stages in five zones:
- Reception and check-in of the person on arrival ;
- pre-vaccination and collection of consent (questionnaire, interview on allergies, intolerances, etc.);
- vaccination ;
- observation of the person for 20 to 30 minutes after the injection of the vaccine in order to ensure that the patient does not react;
- certification of vaccination and making an appointment for the second injection.
To get the vaccine, you must make an appointment ahead.
Appointments can be made online at the following link:
Or by calling the municipal switchboard at +33 04 97 06 40 00, from 7.30am to 7.30pm and on Saturdays from 7.30am to 6pm.
More information can be found on www.cannes.com