Can I get Covid-19 vaccine in France without a carte vitale?

A reader who has recently moved to France from the UK is concerned about falling between two healthcare systems and missing out on the vaccination

7 January 2021
By Thomas Brent

Reader question: I am new to France and not fully set up with a carte vitale. I am worried that because of this I will not get the vaccine either in the UK or France and will fall between two healthcare systems. What can I do to ensure I am on a requirement list in France? Can I pay for the vaccine if I am not in the healthcare system yet?

The first step you should take is to apply for a carte vitale. You can find information on how to do this at France's Assurance Maladie website.

Once you have done this you should receive an email confirmation of your application. 

An operator at the French Covid-19 helpline told The Connexion that this confirmation is sufficient for you to receive the Covid-19 vaccination in France.

When the vaccine becomes available for your age and health category, you will simply need to present this confirmation to the medical staff when you go to get vaccinated.

Further details of France’s vaccination rollout is expected to be announced tonight Thursday, January 7.

The Covid-19 vaccination in France will be offered for free to everyone and you will not be able to pay to receive it in advance of the schedule. There are no plans for any private vaccination access in France and beware of any scams which may be offering this online.

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