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Covid-19 vaccine in France: Your questions answered

We answer your FAQs about the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in France, which started officially on December 27

23 April 2021
Covid-19 vaccine in France: Your questions answered
By Connexion journalist
  • Number of people having received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose: 13,265,147 (+236,004 in last 24h) (latest update on 21/04/2021)
  • Number of people vaccinated fully with both doses of the vaccine: 5,019,183 (+163,468 in last 24h) (latest update on 21/04/2021)
    Data provided by CovidTracker.fr 

France’s public rollout of the vaccine began on January 18, starting with those aged over 75 and those at high risk of developing serious forms of Covid-19. 

The government's objective is to have offered a vaccine to all willing adults by the end of the summer. 

Four vaccines have been approved for use in France: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. All require two doses for full efficacy except the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires one. 

France temporarily suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 15 due to a small number of reports of blood clots in people who had received the vaccination. Use of the vaccine resumed on March 19 after an intensive review by the European Medicines Agency, which declared it "safe and effective". 

All people aged 70-74 years old in France are now able to receive the vaccine at designated centres, at pharmacies or at their GP’s practice. Learn more about how to book your vaccine if you are in this age group.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is being rolled out to people aged 55 and over. For those aged 55 to 64, only people with certain existing medical conditions are eligible. The vaccinations are being done by GPs, at pharmacies as well as at dedicated centres. 

The first deliveries of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses to the EU are now expected on April 19.

How to book a Covid-19 vaccine in France

Information on booking a vaccine appointment at a centre near you can be found on sante.fr.

Equally, you can arrange an appointment on booking platforms, Doctolib.fr, Maiia and Keldoc

Many of you have sent us questions about the vaccine and our team is working on answering as many as we can. 

There have been a lot of questions about whether those with private insurance (i.e. no carte Vitale) can receive the vaccine in France. The Ministry of Health and the British Embassy in Paris has confirmed that everyone who is a resident in France, even if they do not have a carte Vitale, will be able to receive the vaccine. Further details are still to be announced.

Read for more information:

More information on the Covid-19 vaccine in France + your questions

If you have a question about France's Covid-19 vaccine programme that we have not answered, please fill out the form here. The questions and answers are listed in order of most recently published.

Covid France: How to get a vaccine if you are aged 70-74

AstraZeneca jab re-approved in France but only for over 55s

Covid France: Why was I refused jab due to no Carte Vitale?

AstraZeneca Covid vaccine safe, says EU Medicines Agency

Covid France: Why is vaccinating 10 million people important

France's pharmacies begin Covid jabs but say they lack doses

Johnson & Johnson vaccine to arrive in France in one month

Had AstraZeneca jab in France? No need to worry, say experts

Covid France: Can I get vaccinated at my place of work?

How do I know if my GP in France has Covid vaccine doses?

Covid France: Can I get the jab in a different department?

Will the new one-dose Covid vaccine speed up France rollout?

Covid France: How many vaccine doses in my region?

Where are the Covid-19 vaccination centres in France?

Which high-risk people can be vaccinated in France?

How to get Covid vaccine in France if no carte Vitale

Can second-home owners in France get Covid jab?

Will I get proof of my vaccination?

Does France have enough vaccine doses?

Can I travel between France and UK after Covid vaccine?

Can you choose which vaccine to get?

Will we need a vaccination every year?

I have had Covid-19. Can I still get vaccine in France?

Is GP visit required before vaccine?

Will I receive vaccine letter like for flu?

Covid-19 in France: Could places refuse unvaccinated people?

Covid France: Can I refuse vaccine for myself and family?

When will I get my vaccine against Covid-19 in France?

On April 11, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced that vaccinations for all over-55s in France would open from today (Monday, April 12).

This means that the vaccine is being rolled out earlier for over 55s than stated on March 31 in a televised speech by President Macron, during which he said that 60-70-year-olds would be eligible starting April 16; 50-60 year-olds starting May 15 and under 50s by mid-June.

The campaign is expected to follow the updated timeline outlined below, depending on the supply of vaccines and their delivery to patients across the country. 

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