The Berck-sur-Mer Covid-19 vaccination center closes following a cyberattack


The Kursaal Covid-19 vaccination center, located in Berck-sur-Mer in Hauts-de-France, is forced to close its doors from Saturday April 17 until Monday April 19 inclusive as a result of ‘a cyberattack, reports The voice of the North.

The affected manager
This incident affected the Hopale Foundation, a group of health and medico-social establishments, which manages the medical center capable of vaccinating up to 250 people per day. The computer intrusion, spotted on Monday April 12, paralyzed professional mailboxes and some servers. Management does not specify whether a complaint has been lodged.

Although care can still be provided in the group’s establishments, the vaccination center must suspend its activities for a few days. Indeed, since the attack, the nature of which has not been revealed, the center has been operating in “degraded mode“says James Faucoeur, deputy director of the Hopale Foundation.

He says, however, that no vaccination window needs to be postponed since the center only performs first injections on weekends.

An attack that slows down injections
On the other hand, as specified The voice of the North, there are still doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, now known as Vaxzevria, that could have been given this weekend. The Foundation also has doses of the Moderna vaccine intended for people over the age of 75, who are now directly contacted by Health Insurance.

This new cyberattack is bad news in a very tense health context in France where the acceleration of the vaccination campaign is the only hope for an end to the crisis. A few days ago, the Saint-Gaudens hospital in Haute-Garonne was also forced to suspend Covid-19 samples.

A national plan of 350 million euros
This incident once again reminds us of the importance of securing critical structures, of which healthcare establishments are part in the midst of a pandemic. The government has finally decided to tackle the subject and presented a plan last February to strengthen the computer security of French hospitals. It has a budget of 350 million euros from the Ségur de la health.

At the same time, Cédric O, the Secretary of State responsible for the digital transition and electronic communications, announced the launch of a call for expressions of interest (AMI), one of the objectives of which is to “guarantee the continuity of essential activities “within health facilities.


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