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French GPs learned by email from Jerome Salomon on Sunday evening that they would not receive vaccine doses this week. The news sparked the fury of doctors across the country, calling for the immediate resignation of Mr Salomon.
France is still lagging behind most EU countries with its vaccination programme.
In Bordeaux, doctor Antoine Mesnier called his pharmacist on Monday morning because he wanted to be sure that his AstraZeneca vials would be delivered to him.
He was told: “We have a ban on delivery for GPs this week, we have to wait.”
Doctors Nicolas Brugère and Christophe Adam in Bordeaux experienced the same issue.
Emmanuel Macron is forcing GPs to cancel vaccinations (Image: GETTY)
France: GPs are calling on Jerome Salomon to resign (Image: GETTY)
And doctor Laure Scotto di Vettimo in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande said: “We all received an email last night from the Directorate General of Health saying: for the week of March 8, the order will only be open for pharmacies.
“How do I do? Last week, I vaccinated 42 people, all appointments are made.”
Doctor Brugère blasted: “They are stopping us; one in two doctors in France is vaccinating and things are going well.
“People go to their appointments, the expectation is strong.
The union of general practitioners MG France asked this morning for the resignation of Mr Salomon, and the same was done by the Confederation of French medical unions in Gironde and Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
François Martial, pharmacist in Gironde, chairs the URPS of pharmacists in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. He also learned “the news” on Monday morning.
He said: “Since the Prime Minister’s announcement on March 4, we have been allowed to be vaccinators. But we can only order from Monday March 8, and now we are told we will not be operational until March 17-18.”
Macron is also contemplating making vaccines mandatory for health workers (Image: GETTY)
Vaccination appointment books are full for the next few weeks.
In a letter to Mr Salomon, MG France wrote: “This decision, if it were to be confirmed, would entail the need to cancel all appointments scheduled by GPs.
“So that the vaccination campaign does not become another French failure in the fight against the virus: MG France demands that the ministry gives the necessary instructions so that the needs of the doctors are all met.