How to book your Covid-19 vaccination appointment in France
We look at how you can get vaccinated in France, as the number of people booking appointments skyrockets following the latest government measures
Over 1.3 million Covid-19 vaccination appointments were made in France in one day on July 13 Pic: Deflet / Shutterstock
There has been a surge in the number of people in France booking Covid-19 vaccination appointments after President Emmanuel Macron announced July 12 a series of new measures to combat the spread of Covid.
This included making vaccines mandatory for many health professionals and widening the usage of the so-called “health pass”, which the government plans to make a requirement to enter most public places such as restaurants and to use long-distance transport.
The government also intends to make people pay for Covid-19 tests that are not taken for a medical reason from this autumn.
Over 1.3 million people booked a vaccination appointment through booking platform Doctolib on Tuesday (July 13) alone, the day after Mr Macron’s announcements.
Since the beginning of June, the average number of appointments booked for first doses of a vaccine had not exceeded 300,000 per day until this week.
Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that on Tuesday, a record 792 339 had received a vaccine dose before 18:00 - however, most of these were second injections, with only 269,776 first doses administered.
Hier, plus de 1,3 millions de Francais ont pris leurs rendez vous de vaccination sur Doctolib. Nouveau record. #VaccinationCovid— Doctolib (@doctolib) July 14, 2021
Here, we go through all the different ways that you can book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment in France.
Sante.fr is the government’s portal for finding a vaccination appointment. When you go to the website you can choose your department and it will show you all the vaccination centres in your area.
It will then give you the option to call directly one of the centres to ask for an appointment or to click through to a partner site to book an appointment online.
It will show appointments available at pharmacies, with GPs or nurses, or at vaccination centres.
Vite Ma Dose
You type in your commune, postcode or department and it will instantly show you all the vaccination appointments available in your area.
It will show you the contact details so you can phone to book an appointment, or you can click through and book the appointment online through a partner website.
Make sure you find the correct website, as there is a fake website called vitemadose.fr.
The correct URL for Vita Ma Dose is www.vitemadose.covidtracker.fr
A free helpline
France has a free helpline with operators available seven days a week between 06:00 and 22:00, on hand to assist in booking a vaccination appointment.
The number is: 0 800 009 110.
GPs and pharmacies
Many GPs and pharmacies around France are participating in the vaccination campaign.
The easiest way to book an appointment is to phone your GP directly or your local pharmacy. If they are offering a vaccination but do not have any available doses, they should put your name on a waiting list.
There are over 18,500 pharmacies in France signed up to offer Covid-19 vaccinations.
These websites allow you to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments online.
You just have to put in your location - postcode, city, commune, department, etc, and the sites will show you all the available vaccination appointments nearby.
In many large cities around France, you can walk into vaccination centres without an appointment and get vaccinated.
This is the case in, for example, Paris and its surrounding areas, Strasbourg, Caen, etc.
To find out more, check your local mairie or Agence régionale de santé.
TousAntiCovid phone application
You can book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment through the phone application TousAntiCovid.
Click on the option ‘Je me fais vacciner / I’m getting vaccinated’, and you will be able to find your nearest appointment and book by phone or online via a partner website.
If you do not see this option on your app, you may need to update it.