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Pharmacies in France can now administer 14 more vaccines

This is in addition to Covid and flu jabs, which were already allowed. The new list includes rabies, polio and hepatitis boosters

A photo of a neon Pharmacie sign on a pharmacy in France

Many more types of vaccine can now be administered at pharmacies in France Pic: Sibuet Benjamin / Shutterstock

Many vaccinations can now be administered at French pharmacies, including Covid-19 boosters, flu jabs, travel vaccines, and injections prescribed by a doctor.

From Monday this week (November 7), pharmacies have been authorised to administer 14 additional types of vaccinations and boosters. Previously, they could only offer flu and Covid-19 jabs.

Read more: How to get a Covid-19 vaccination in a pharmacy in France 

They can now offer 14 additional types of vaccine. The Ordre des Pharmaciens website lists vaccines against: 

  • Diphtheria

  • Tetanus

  • Poliomyelitis

  • Whooping cough

  • Human papillomavirus

  • Invasive pneumococcal infections

  • Hepatitis A and B

  • Meningococcal serogroups A, B, C, Y and W

  • Rabies

The vaccines are only available for patients aged 16 or over. Each vaccination will cost €7.50, paid to the pharmacy.

Matthieu Saulnier, a pharmacist in Nanterre, told FranceInfo that the change would mark a significant improvement for patients. 

He said: “People were required to go to the doctor, get a prescription, and come back here to get another appointment, which meant lots of appointments without a strictly medical need.

“Now, pharmacies can help in this effort. Patients will waste less time, and will be seen more quickly.”

He added: “The most important prescription vaccines are papillomavirus, tetanus, whooping cough, and polio booster vaccines, as well as the hepatitis boosters. These are the main ones we see every day.”  

Pharmacists may soon even be able to prescribe vaccinations themselves. They are waiting for the green light from the government on this, which is expected in the next few months.

It comes as France’s latest booster campaign with ‘new’ vaccines – those updated to offer better protection against the Omicron subvariants of BA.5 and BA.4 – began early last month (October).

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