Following the announcement yesterday from president Emmanuel Macron that from May 1st all adults who are obese (with a BMI above 30) will be eligible for a vaccine, health minister Olivier Véran on Friday revealed that this will extend to all adults suffering from a chronic medical condition.
At present under 55s can only be vaccinated if they have a serious condition including cancer and transplant patients.
However this will be extended so that from May 1st people of any age can be vaccinated if they have a chronic condition including diabetes or hypertension.
The president also added that from May 15th all over 50s – with or without health conditions – can be vaccinated, as per the original vaccinate schedule.
Vous avez 50 ans ou plus : rendez-vous le 15 mai pour vous faire vacciner.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 30, 2021
The French government has been under pressure to extend the vaccine programme to everyone immediately, rather than waiting until mid June to allow younger people to be vaccinated – especially after reports of unfilled appointments at vaccine centres.
Speaking to France Info on Friday morning, Véran said: “Obesity is the primary risk factor outside of age that exposes people to the most serious forms of Covid-19.
“But we are also opening up vaccination to people with co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, renal or cardiac failure or cancers.”
He added that this represents around 4 million people.
The health ministry later clarified that people with an underlying illness do not need a prescription from their GP before they can book an appointment, a simple ‘declaration’ will suffice.
Pas besoin de prescription médicale pour se faire vacciner (avec Pfizer ou Moderna) à partir de demain si on souffre de comorbidités et qu'on a moins de 50 ans. Une simple "déclaration" suffira. pic.twitter.com/PXYLUjxCmM
— Nicolas Berrod (@nicolasberrod) April 30, 2021
Among the co-mobities listed by the health ministry are;
- Cardiac problems including hypertension and people who have had heart surgery
- Types 1 and 2 diabetes
- Respiratory conditions including severe asthma and sleep apnea
- Kidney failure
- Obesity (a BMI of over 30)
- Kidney failure
- Chronic liver conditions including cirrhosis
- A compromised immune system
- Neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s
- Diagnosed psychiatric conditions
You can find the full list HERE.