Covid vaccine campaign in France grows as flu jabs set to arrive

Those in risk groups may be able to get both vaccinations at once this autumn at a GP surgery, by a nurse, or at the vaccination centre

29 September 2021

Those in France not on the priority list can contact their GP for a flu prescription or buy the vaccine Pic: BaLL LunLa / Shutterstock

The campaign to give a booster dose of Covid vaccine started in September and the annual flu drive begins in October – and those in risk groups may be able to get both at once.

Read more: Will everyone in France need a third Covid booster vaccine?

The flu vaccine arrives in chemists on October 26 and the Haute Autorité de Santé said giving two vaccines at once was common, especially in children, and produced no extra ill effects or reduction in efficiency.

Since the start of this year, there are no restrictions on who can get the flu vaccine but priority is for over-65s, those with chronic illnesses, pregnant women and the clinically obese.

The CPAM health authority will send people in risk groups a letter with a voucher for the vaccine from a pharmacy, which you collect yourself.

It can be injected at a GP surgery, by a nurse, or, if you are also getting a Covid jab, at the vaccination centre.

Others must contact their GP for a prescription or buy the vaccine, which costs from €6.20 to €11.30, depending on maker.

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