Lnight has fallen. The curfew schedule is well over. And yet, in front of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome located in Montigny-le-Bretonneux (78), there is a crowd. The car ballet is regulated by teams responsible for organizing the parking lot. They indicate to everyone and with precision the location to park their car. The public, who have come in large numbers, queues and waits patiently to be able to enter.
Since mid-January, the place has been hosting a giant vaccinodrome. Open seven days a week during the day, until 6 p.m., the center, which carries out an average of 3,000 injections per day, is testing a slot at night, for the first time, this Friday, April 30. Inside, the stands are empty, but the place is always full. The white coats, stamped with the sign of the agglomeration community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, manage the millimeter course of future vaccinated. “There is no more time to waste,” says Jean-Michel Fourgous, president of the agglomeration community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. The fight against this virus is a race against death. The twelve local communities have decided to come together around the agglomeration community to mobilize their efforts around a single vaccination site. And we just passed the 78,000 injection mark. We decided to open on Friday until 11 p.m. to allow more people to get vaccinated. The observation is simple. For those over 60, it’s done. From now on, the public concerned by vaccination is increasingly young and works during the day. We decided to adapt to the situation to allow them to be vaccinated at night, after work. “
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John works for the agglomeration community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. He is responsible for regulating the order of passage of each of the future vaccinated and confirms the success of this first night. “There are really a lot of people. The public is a little younger and also more relaxed, ”he says, before returning to his post.
In the center of the stadium, transformed into a waiting room, Marie-Françoise carefully fills out her information sheet and is delighted with this night opening. “At night, it’s very good. I am a civil servant and I work during the day. The vaccination criteria will soon be broadened and will concern many more people. It is absolutely necessary to multiply niches like these… it is common sense. This initiative will be renewed on Friday May 7 with injections intended for the people in charge of the polling stations for the departmental and regional elections.
Towards more nocturnal vaccinations
But the organizers would like to perpetuate this weekly meeting. “To achieve this, explains Ari Benhakoun, general manager of the agglomeration community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, we need more visibility on the number of doses available. The government should also relax the rules and let us work, as we know how to do, in good understanding. Our idea, with this model carried by local communities, is to inspire others and spread it elsewhere. “
Installed in a small box away, Dimitri, Julia and Lucie prepare the doses intended to be injected this evening. It is already 10 pm, and these Liberal nurses who come to help outside their working hours have been at work since 8 am. Fatigue is not a topic. They almost all affirm it in chorus, their presence is a contribution to stop this pandemic. Inès is the nurse in charge of coordinating this team and she fully supports this message of commitment and this boost given to vaccination. “That’s what he had to do,” she enthuses. And that’s the only thing to do against the Covid. Vaccinating is essential. This is how polio and tuberculosis were killed. This is how we will kill this disease. “