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COVID-19 VACCINES

Paris opens new Covid vaccination centres to battle Covid surge in capital

The French government is pushing for a major vaccination drive in a bid to curb the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. In Paris authorities are setting up more vaccination centres to deal with the demand.

As the French government pushes for more inoculation, Paris plans to expand its network of vaccination centres.
As the French government pushes for more inoculation, Paris plans to expand its network of vaccination centres. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

“15 million French people will be able to get vaccinated by the end of the year,” said government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Tuesday. 

He announced that 8 million additional appointments would be made available to facilitate this. “Once again, we are putting forward all resources,” he told France Inter

In Paris, where the infection rate is far higher than the national average, new vaccination centres will be opened to accelerate inoculation. Local authorities hope this will allow them to administrate an extra 105,000 doses per week, bringing the total number up to 160,000 doses.

Three new centres will open in the coming days in the following locations: 

  • The vaccination centre at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, in Porte de la Villette (19th arrondissement), will be reopened on December 9th. It will will close again in early January to be replaced by another one outside the Hôtel de Ville (4th arrondissement);
  • A new vaccination centre will open at the Parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles (15th arrondissement) on December 11th;
  • A new vaccination centre will open at Station F (13th arrondissement) on December 18th. 

A total of 9 extra smaller vaccination centres will open in the next two weeks. You can find an up to date map of open vaccination centres HERE

In November, the French Health Minister said that an extra 300 vaccination centres will open or reopen in France – some had been closed following previous waves of Covid-19. 

You can book a vaccination in Parisian vaccination centre by calling 39 75 (or nationwide by calling 08 00 00 91 10); through sante.fr; or via booking platforms like the doctolib.fr. You will be able to locate the closest site to you via all of these platforms. 

You can also get vaccinated in pharmacies, nurses’ clinics, youre local GP clinic and other sites. 

Walk-in vaccinations now a possibility

Demand for vaccines is increasing as the government is set to made booster shots mandatory for people who want to continue using a health pass. Vulnerable children between the ages of 5-11 (those who are overweight or have chronic health conditions, for example) are also now eligible for vaccination. 

READ MORE The new rules for the French health pass

Over 65s no longer need to book a vaccination appointment for booster shots – they can simply walk into a vaccination site to receive a dose. 

Unvaccinated people who wish to receive their very first dose of Covid-19 vaccine can also simply walk into vaccination sites to have a dose administered, without having to book. 

If you do not fit into either of these groups, we have written a guide to book find an appointment as soon as possible. You can read it HERE

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COVID-19 ALERT

France extends second Covid vaccine boosters to over 60s

The French government has announced an extension of the second booster programme for the Covid vaccine to over 60s, as well as those with a medical condition.

France extends second Covid vaccine boosters to over 60s

Previously offered only to over 80s and those with a medical condition, the programme will now be extended to those aged 60 and over, health minister Olivier Véran announced on Thursday, reaching an extra 500,000 people.

He told RTL: “We are opening the second booster to people aged 60 and over, six months after their first booster.”

The change comes into effect immediately, although the second booster shot can only be given once six months has passed since the first booster.

As ever, there is no need to wait for an invitation, if you fit the criteria you can book your appointment directly with a pharmacy, GP or vaccine centre.

A second booster is entirely voluntary, and will not be required to keep ‘fully vaccinated’ status for those in the eligible groups.

Those who qualify for the second booster shot are now

  • Anyone aged 60 and over
  • Anyone under the age of 60 who has a chronic or severe illness including cancer patients, those with a compromised immune system and people living with chronic conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure or a respiratory condition. Find the full list here.

EXPLAINED Who qualifies for a second Covid vaccine booster shot?

The Haute Autorité de Santé, France’s medical regulator, considers that extending second boosters to the entire population is not “relevant” at this stage.

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