People living in Nice and the surrounding towns could be vaccinated early if they sign up to be on the city’s waiting list through the Ville de Nice website.
Covid-19 vaccinations are open to everyone over 50 years old in France, but The Connexion is aware of at least three people below this age living in Nice who have already received their first vaccine dose after signing up to the waiting list.
The youngest of these people is 28 with no prior health issues.
To sign up, you just have to be able to prove that you live in Nice or a surrounding town and have an email address or phone number. A list of the towns can be found at this link (click “voir la liste des communes”).
You have to fill out a short questionnaire (in French) and then you will be placed on the city’s vaccination waiting list.
The three people The Connexion has spoken to were contacted by SMS in the past two weeks offering them vaccination appointments shortly after signing up.
They all received a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a vaccination centre in the city.
They were able to get appointments within days of receiving the SMS.
On the day, they had to bring the confirmation of their booking (printed out or displayed on their phone), their ID and their carte Vitale (if they had one).
The Connexion is not aware of this waiting list service being offered in any other city in France at the moment.
Another service called Covidliste is operating nationally.
It connects users to nearly 2,000 vaccination centres across the country with the aim of saving doses that otherwise risk being lost.
Users sign up with personal data including name, age, address, contact details. Then, Covidliste explains: “When a dose is available, you are sent a link through SMS. Upon confirmation, you are put in contact with a vaccination centre.”
Sign-ups are open to anyone who has not yet received a vaccine, whether you are eligible for the national rollout yet or not.
Over 200,000 people have signed up to Covidliste and nearly 15,000 people have booked a vaccination appointment through it.
See who is eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination in our graphic below.
Nice is located in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the south-east of France. The department has given a first dose of a vaccination to 34% of the population. This is higher than the national average, which is 28.8%.
The image below shows the percentage of people who have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by department in France. The darker the colour, the higher the percentage.
The Hautes-Pyrénées in the south-west has vaccinated the highest percentage of its population, at 38.16%.
Covid-19 vaccinations will officially be opened to all adults from June 15.