Most Covid vaccinations in France not in worst areas

Regions such as Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’azur and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté have higher rates of Covid-19 but have vaccinated proportionally fewer people

13 January 2021
The region of Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’azur in the south of France has one of the lowest rates of vaccination in the country, despite being one of the regions the most affected by Covid-19
By Thomas Brent

The regions most affected by Covid-19 in France have vaccinated comparatively fewer people, newly released government data shows. 

The data, published for the first time on January 11 and updated daily, shows how many people in France have been vaccinated by region. 

It shows that Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’azur has vaccinated 225 people per 100,000 residents and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté has vaccinated 351 people per 100,000 residents. 

These regions are among the worst affected by Covid-19 currently, with incidence rates (the number of positive Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people) of 310 and 245 respectively. 

Normandy, in comparison, where the incidence rate is 166.6, has vaccinated 474 people per 100,000 residents. 

And in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, where the incidence rate is 93.6, 373 per 100,000 residents have been vaccinated. 

The government has not yet provided an explanation for this. 

The below table shows how the vaccination rates of two regions badly affected by Covid-19 - Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’azur and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté - compare with two regions less affected by Covid-19.


Covid-19 vaccinations per 100,000 people

Incidence rate (number of positive Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people)



    310 (data from January 10)



    245 (data from January 8)



    166.6 (data from January 12)



    93.6 (data from January 8)



    188 (data from January 13)

On Sunday, January 10, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced that this week the first 50,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine would be delivered to the most affected regions in the country. 

France prepares for first Moderna vaccine doses to arrive

“We have not yet reached full speed for vaccinations in our country, but we are vaccinating more people every day," Mr Véran said. 

“Next week the pace will increase again. We are already within the daily average of European countries.”

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