How did you set up the 1st vaccination centre?
The initial request was made by the police commissioner of Vaucluse, who needed an accommodation centre specifically for non-severe Covid-19 patients to allow self-isolation under the right conditions. The first step was to organise, plan and pay the medical staff whose shifts are subjected to my signature. Meanwhile, the national services, the health authorities (ARS in French) and the national healthcare insurance office (CPAM in French) wanted us to manage the appointments via their platform
What were the main steps ?
The first step was creating a model that could work with the specifications we were given: organising the premises, recruiting the teams, including Entraide Pierre Valdo’s employees for logistics. Two profiles were hired specifically for this event: front desk staff and managers. The second step was the actual implementation, which was the most challenging: organising the medical staff as we needed doctors for pre-diagnostics and vaccination go-aheads, nurses, pharmaceutical assistants, and injectors. The number of vaccines went up to as many as 1000 a day with as many as 40 members of medical staff.
What is the difference between the types of centres (departmental/pop-up ?
The 1st pop-up centre was set up during the Avignon Festival and was smaller than the departmental centre designed to cater for the needs of the entire area and still fully operational to this day. The 2nd was in a priority sector of the town as from August and aimed to give easy access to the vaccination for people who were less inclined to get vaccinated or for whom vaccines were more difficult to access. The 3rd centre was opened in Avignon University where fewer vaccinations were carried out because teachers and students, who were the main target, had already been vaccinated.
This activity is not in the usual scope of Entraide Pierre Valdo: what new skills were needed ?
We usually deal with asylum applications and support for BPIs in Vaucluse, but the association created CHSs in the very beginning of the pandemic, without necessarily having long-term visibility. The ability to implement solutions for critical situations has prompted Entraide Pierre Valdo to acquire healthcare skills. We had to recruit medical staff: 3 doctors, 3 nurses and 6 nursing assistants.
Can this experience be used for other mechanisms ?
It is already in use since the Avignon University asked Entraide Pierre Valdo to set up a medical centre open from Monday to Friday, with a part-time general practitioner GP (50%), a part-time psychiatrist (25%) and 2 nurses. This set up is regulated by a partnership agreement.