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Source: Swiss Canton de Vaud – news in French
Communiqué from the Council of State
Posted on December 18, 2020
The Canton of Vaud is actively preparing its system so that it can start vaccinating as soon as the first vaccines are delivered by the Confederation. Mobile teams will be operational from January 11. Vaccination centers will also be opened in the various regions of the canton. The aim of this strategy is to protect the most vulnerable in the first place. Vaccination will not be compulsory.
The three vaccines pre-ordered by the Confederation (Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca) are currently in the approval phase with Swissmedic. As soon as the authorities have completed their review of the effectiveness and safety of each of the three products, the Confederation will be able to begin deliveries to the cantons. The date is not yet known, but the canton of Vaud stands ready to start vaccination as soon as possible, upon receipt of the first deliveries.
Vulnerable people first
The canton of Vaud has entrusted a steering committee chaired by Oliver Peters, deputy director general of the CHUV, with the task of implementing the cantonal vaccination plan. This plan follows the priorities defined by the Federal Office of Public Health. The first objective of the strategy is therefore to protect people who develop severe forms of Covid and die from disease. The vaccination will initially concern people over the age of 75 as well as vulnerable people, i.e. people suffering from respiratory tract disease, high blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular disease, significant obesity or weak immune system. People in close contact with this population – health workers, nursing homes and relatives – are also among the priority groups. The vaccine will be offered to the entire population as a second step.
Mobilization of the Vaud Civil Protection (PCi-VD) in mobile teams
In order to vaccinate these more fragile populations, the PCi-VD is setting up mobile teams who will travel to EMS and other institutions (homes, homes). Six to eight mobile teams, or around sixty to seventy people, will be hired 5 days a week. Each team includes a caregiver to coordinate with the health authorities as well as advice and medical supervision of civil protection on-callers hired to support vaccination and monitoring tasks.
In collaboration with health personnel, the PCi-VD will ensure vaccination in more than 200 nursing homes and other institutions in the canton. To this end, training will begin on January 4 for those on call. These mobile teams will be operational from January 11.
As a reminder, the PCi-VD has already performed some 100,000 days of service in the context of this crisis. With this new commitment, the Council of State would like to thank employers and the self-employed who have to release on-call penalties and give up some of their staff.
For vulnerable people not living in an institution, vaccination centers will be set up from mid-January at the CHUV and then gradually in the four health regions of the canton. Doctors’ offices and pharmacies will be integrated into the device in a second step, in particular because of the particular method of storing certain vaccines.
An unprecedented logistical challenge
This unprecedented vaccination campaign presents many logistical challenges, including storing three kinds of vaccines at different temperatures. In addition, some products must be mixed before injection and all must be injected within 5 to 6 hours after being brought to room temperature. Finally, each person who wants to be vaccinated must be vaccinated twice, with the same vaccine four weeks apart.
The more people who are vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to the normal course of our lives. Vaccination will not be compulsory, however, it will be done on a voluntary basis.
State of Vaud Information and Communication Office
DSAS, Rebecca Ruiz, State Councilor,021 316 50 04
DES, Béatrice Métraux, State Councilor,021 316 41 51
Oliver Peters, Deputy Director General of the CHUV and Head of the Cantonal Vaccination Plan Steering Committee,079 556 25 52
Teacher. Blaise Genton, Co-Head of the Training, Research and Innovation Department, Unisanté, Head of the Expert Group of the Vaccination Task Force,021 314 49 32
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