France confirms Covid vaccines will be open to all over 18s in June

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The Local - [email protected] • 30 Apr, 2021 Updated Fri 30 Apr 2021 12:40 CEST
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Members of the public wait to receive a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre set up in the Parc Chanot exhibition centre in Marseille, southeastern France, on April 19, 2021, as part of France's vaccination campaign aimed at stemming the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Nicolas TUCAT / AFP)

The French government has confirmed the final timetable for when the Covid vaccine will be available to all.


After expanding eligibility for the vaccine to extra groups, the French government on Friday confirmed the final timetable for all groups.

It had always been envisaged that it would be opened up to all groups in June, with a target to have given a vaccine to everyone who wants one by the end of the summer, but now we have the confirmed dates for all groups.

Eligible now

  • All over 55s
  • All heathcare workers or people working with those in vulnerable groups such as the elderly
  • Under 55s who are close family members or co-habitees of people with compromised immune systems
  • Under 55s with serious medical conditions such as transplant patients

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May 1st

From May 1st all under 55s with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension of a BMI of above 30 can be vaccinated - full details HERE.

May 15th

All over 50s - with or without health conditions - can be vaccinated

June 15th

All over 18s are eligible for a vaccine

Priority appointments

Even if you are eligible it is not always easy to find an appointment slot, so vaccine centres have priority slots of people who work in certain professions, including teachers, police officers, transport workers, security guards and those who work in food retail - find the full list HERE.

Find an appointment

If you are struggling to find an appointment near you, there are several websites that can help - find out more HERE.

The overall objective is that anyone who wants one can get an appointment before August 31st for their first injection, with the second dose following six or 12 weeks later, depending on the vaccine given.



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jejosi 2021/05/02 12:46
No not at all, I just got two appointments. It is open the 15th of May for 50-55, I never got the message I was not allowed to make an appointment, as far as I am aware I am allowed. I registered my dob at Doctolib, so as fer as I know they are aware. Just try and see what happens, it is not one or other illegal activity to book an appointment at a date it is open for your age group. To be honest I did not read through the endless text, just pressed accept. What are they going to do when I arrive? Argue I made an appointment too early? The system let me I am under high stress anyway that compromises my immune system.
melmacgregor 2021/05/02 12:25
Hi Johanna I am not sure if I have misunderstood the way Vite ma Dose works, but like you I am also in the 50-55 healthy group. When I try to book an appointment in advance of 15 May, when our group opens up for vaccinations, although I can find appointment slots the last screen before confirmation tells me I shouldn't be booking now, unless I am in one of the groups that is currently eligible. I get the impression that my details would be checked once I hit "accept" - did you not have this experience? Many thanks.
jejosi 2021/05/02 03:43
That was easy enough to get the two appointments! I used the ' Vite Ma Dose' website, and booked an appointment for the 15th of May when it opens up to the 50-55 healthy group. I have to drive 70km that is the downside, but just thinking how fustrating making an appointment by phone will be (with 34 options to choose from and at least 5 from those I do not fully understand), I drive the extra 30 km as the closest vaccination centre is already 40km away with no quick places.
steverounce 2021/05/01 22:16
Sorry but I don’t see it. 58 and I have been unable to make an appointment where I live.
stuart.laing 2021/04/30 15:32
Is this dependent on the outcome of the case against AstraZenica or is the EU now saying they have sufficient doses to cover the whole population ?

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