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
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.
For daily vaccination figures, see our article here.
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.
When will I get my vaccine against Covid-19 in France?
Everyone over 60 years old in France, regardless of their health, can be vaccinated with any of the four vaccine types: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Everyone aged 55 - 59, regardless of their health, can be vaccinated with either the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are being administered in vaccination centres. The AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are being administered by certain GPs or nurses and at certain pharmacies.
From Monday, May 10, everyone over 50, regardless of their health, will be eligible for any of the four vaccine types. People in this demographic can start booking appointments now.
From May 12, all adults, regardless of health, will be able to book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment if there is one available for the following day. For example, if you search for an appointment next Wednesday and there is one available for the next day on Thursday, you will be allowed to book it. Read more here.
All adults will be eligible for a vaccination from June 15.
Other categories of people eligible for vaccination:
People aged 16+ with immune deficiency issues or other serious health issues and their close family or friends. See a full list here (in French).
Everyone working in the health sector
Certain other professions, such as care workers, emergency service workers, vets, etc. Find out more here (in French).
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.
You can also use the online tool Vite Ma Dose to rapidly find the next vaccination appointment available in your area.
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.
Read for more information:
- Why was I refused jab due to no Carte Vitale?
- How do I prove my right to vaccination in France without carte Vitale?
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.
Overview of France's vaccination campaign so far
Thus far the campaign has followed the timeline outlined below and is expected to continue as shown depending on the supply of vaccines and their delivery to patients across the country.