July 2, 2022

“There is a Moderna bashing which is in no way justified, but which creates major conflicts in the vaccination centers”, judges a general practitioner

“We did not arrive at the physical attacks but it creates a climate of tension”, explains on franceinfo Luc Duquesnel, president of the general practitioner union of the Confederation of French medical unions (CSMF).

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“There is a Moderna bashing which is in no way justified, but which creates major conflicts in the vaccination centers”, regretted Wednesday, December 8 on franceinfo Luc Duquesnel, president of the general practitioners’ union of the Confederation of French medical unions (CSMF), doctor in Mayenne. The government is urging a booster dose against Covid-19 but many French people fear Moderna.

franceinfo: What vaccines do you administer? Do you see a rejection of Moderna?

Luc Duquesnel : In the vaccination centers it is above all Pfizer but we also have two centers where we have Moderna. We have restrictions because we know that we have less Pfizer, that people over 65 can come and be vaccinated without an appointment. When we say that we are going to do it with Moderna, we feel an aggressiveness. Some patients want Pfizer while it is strictly the same effectiveness from the moment we respect the limit of 30 years, we do not do Moderna below 30 years. It’s a bit like with the AstraZeneca, there is a Moderna bashing which is in no way justified, but which creates major conflicts in the vaccination centers.

How is this aggressiveness reflected?

It is often verbal. There are people who leave when they are told that it will be a Moderna vaccine, people who come without an appointment leave and refuse to be vaccinated. We did not arrive at the physical attacks but it creates a climate of tension.

“Health professionals and volunteers in vaccination centers are not there to be verbally abused by users. There is a certain fed up.”

Luc Duquesnel, president of the CSMF general practitioners’ union

to franceinfo

What do you say to people who come to be vaccinated?

They are told that the effectiveness is strictly the same as all the studies show. We asked Olivier Véran’s cabinet for a national communication which reminds us that there is the same effectiveness, no more risks in those over 30 years old. We have unwarranted reservations. You should also know that the 3rd dose with Moderna is more difficult because they are half-doses. Between the first, second and third doses, we end up with three types of pre-filled syringes and this increases the risk of error. When people make an appointment on Doctolib they will know it’s Moderna so if they don’t want it they won’t make an appointment.