New Vaccinodrome open in Perpignan

Coinciding with the opening of vaccinations to all those over 55 years old, Perpignan has opened a brand new ‘vaccinodrome’ at the Parc des Expositions.

Inaugurated on Friday 9th April by local officials, Maire Louis Aliot was notably absent, identified as a contact case (although he later tested negative).

On their very first day of action, staff administered over 800 vaccines, with the number rising to 1000 per day from today and up to a whopping 2000 per day by mid-May, that’s almost 200 injections per hour!

The centre is open 7 days a week, from 9am to 7pm, non-stop, staffed by 260 health professionals and firefighters. Initially, they will be prioritising the Pfizer vaccine for those over 70 or with comorbidities. This means that other local health professionals should be freed up to administer the other vaccines to the other age brackets (see below).

Those who have already passed through the vaccinodrome doors have been nothing but impressed with the organisation.

On arrival, a receptionist checks your identity and shows you to a waiting room. Very quickly, you are called to a vaccination booth where the jab is administered. Finally you are invited to wait 15 minutes in a recuperation room, to make sure there are no adverse effects. Et voilà, Robert est ton oncle!

Appointments can be made online via Doctolib or the dedicated telephone number: 08 09 54 19 19. 

Other vaccines

In a press conference, Health Minister Olivier Veran confirmed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be delivered to France from today, Monday 12th April, adding to the the Astra Zenica vaccine that is also available from today to all those over 55.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be made available to the over 60s from Friday 16th April.


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