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Who is eligible for a third Covid vaccine dose in France?

The booster shot is aimed at people with serious health issues. From September, people who were vaccinated early in the year may begin receiving third doses as well

A patient receiving a Covid-19 vaccine

Currently, only people considered at extremely high risk of serious forms of Covid-19 are being given a third dose of a vaccine in France Pic: Prostock-studio / Shutterstock

Reader question: I heard that France was planning to give a third Covid vaccine dose to certain people. Who is eligible for this third dose?

Currently, the only people eligible for a third Covid-19 vaccination dose in France are those who are severely immunocompromised. 

This includes people who have had an organ transplant, are undergoing chemotherapy, or are taking strong immunosuppressive medication.

This is not a complete list and if you consider yourself immunocompromised, you should consult with your doctor about receiving a third dose. 

President Emmanuel Macron stated during a televised announcement on July 12 that a new campaign would be launched from the “beginning of the school year” in September, to offer another vaccine dose to those who received their first at the start of this year.

This refers to people aged over 75 and patients at risk over the age of 70.

He said that it would be possible to start making appointments from the beginning of September. 

France’s Haute Autorité de santé has not yet officially approved this step, but has “taken note of the announcement”, Franceinfo reported. 

The Haute Autorité de santé stated on July 16 that there is no need for the rest of the population to receive a booster dose yet.

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