About sixty slots were reserved on the same day in a vaccination center in Bordeaux under the names of celebrities such as Bruce Willis and Gérard Depardieu or even “Marseillais in Dubai”, but no one showed up. The caregivers of the establishment advance the hypotheses of a joke or sabotage by anti-vaccines.
While the confidence of the French in anti-Covid vaccines is increasing and the vaccination campaign covers more and more the population, around sixty appointments reserved under false names, in the same vaccination center in Bordeaux, do not were not honored for unknown reasons.
The pseudonyms of the absent individuals, registered on Doctolib, referred to famous actors like Bruce Willis or Gérard Depardieu, or to participants of the reality show “Marseillais à Dubaï”. On top of that, these appointments were not honored on the same day, May 31st.
Questioned by Sud Ouest after these incidents, the doctor Patrick Ragot, prescriber at the Bordeaux-Lac vaccination center, was rather categorical in denouncing a “real hacking strategy, and undoubtedly emanating from an” antivax “group “.
A week later, his colleague, the doctor Colonel Philippe Bouffard, rather expressed astonishment of the nursing staff: “We wondered if it was a joke or if it was with the aim of causing harm”, he assures LCI.
A blow from the anti-vaccines?
Regarding a possible sabotage attempt undertaken by “antivax”, Mr Bouffard seems to remain skeptical:
“It was in the hypotheses but it did not happen again in the following days. And then it was without consequences. ”
The doses were then distributed to last-minute volunteers, “to young people” who had received alerts on their smartphones to update their appointment, specifies M.Ragot to Sud Ouest.
“It’s so hard to make an appointment that you really have to be motivated for almost zero impact. Or it is about someone who has managed to hack Doctolib and enter their system ”, continues his colleague.
A first idea confirmed by platform specialists, contacted by the news channel, who deny the possibility of creating several accounts with the same number:
“These are sixty different people who have made an appointment. Then you can’t make several appointments for the same specialty in the last seven days either. ”
Vaccine coverage in France
As the vaccination campaign accelerates in the country, the percentage of French people who wish to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is increasing. According to a poll carried out by Sciences Po’s Center for Political Research and published in Le Monde on May 21, 65% of people over the age of 18 display this intention or have already done so. This represents an increase of 16% compared to January.
As of June 7, 2021, 28,310,571 people had received at least one dose of vaccine, indicates Public Health France. Of these, 14,017,162 are fully vaccinated, or about 20% of the entire population. Health authorities hope to achieve 80-90% vaccination rate to achieve herd immunity.
Vaccination is now open to over 18s. Teens aged 12 to 18 will also be eligible from June 15. On June 3, Emmanuel Macron declared himself against the idea of making it compulsory.