The role of team members during lockdowns


Two members of the team went to strengthen the care teams in public hospitals in the Lyon metropolitan area. They will remember having participated in the fight against this pandemic, all their lives. As well as the solidarity between caregivers which allowed them to overcome the shortage of protective equipment and the permanent modification of the organization of care services. But their faculties of imagination and adaptation were heavily called upon to cope. This is why they came home tired some days. But they took comfort every evening from hearing people applauding on the balconies or at the windows. The spontaneous gestures of delivering coffee, cakes and meals by certain members of the population also greatly touched them.

Become a full-time caregiver

One of us took full-time care of her elderly parents, who suffered from degenerative neurological diseases. Because due to confinement, they no longer had workers at home. But she did not remain inactive during this time of cohabitation, as you will see later.


Collecting and cross-checking information from several sources, she transmitted it regularly to the members of LyonMedCare. However, she wanted to disseminate them more widely on social networks. This is how publications were made in bilingual version on the LyonMedCare Facebook and Twitter accounts as below:

Spanish translation of the exit authorization
bilingual covid information French/English


female caregiver with gown and mask holding syringe ready to vaccinate

From informing, to relaying information, it then moved to the training stage. Since it seemed important to him to show other people, non-caregivers, how to properly wash their hands, how to correctly position a surgical mask, and how to put on and take off a pair of sterile gloves. With the director of a health training company, the Health Competence Institute, pharmacist by training, we organized our first webinar on COVID. We wanted to pool our common knowledge and practices and transmit them to different audiences.

We continued this transmission of information and learning of technical gestures during Covid vaccination training for pharmacists and physiotherapists. As this was new for some, we called on our teaching skills used frequently with the different pupils and students we supervised in the care services. This is how we guided, encouraged and reassured them when handling specific equipment.

Help coordinate a municipal vaccination center

Then, we shared together, with our colleague, a doctor of pharmacy, a position as coordinator in a vaccination center in the Lyon metropolitan area. We discovered how it works as well as its different actors, located on site and outside the center. The patients came from both mainland France and elsewhere. This allowed us to discover countries, travel and practice foreign languages very regularly. The links we created with the team of vaccinators are still maintained. And we are happy to have participated in the protection of the French population.