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EXPLAINED: Who qualifies for a second Covid vaccine booster in France?

France has recently expanded its programme for a second booster shot of the Covid vaccine - here's who qualifies.

EXPLAINED: Who qualifies for a second Covid vaccine booster in France?
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Getting a second booster is voluntary. Since the vaccine pass was scrapped there is no requirement to get a booster to keep the pass active, but it is recommended for certain groups.

Who qualifies for a 4th shot now?

A fourth dose of the Covid vaccine is now available for some people, specifically those with a long-term illness, a compromised immune system or a chronic medical condition, and everyone aged 60 and over.

In order to qualify as of now, you must be:

  • Aged 60 or over, and received your booster shot more than six months ago. The age limit was previously 80, but it was lowered to 60 on April 7th. The gap between shots was also expanded from three months to six from April.

  • Medical conditions – as well as severely ill people like cancer patients, people with a range of conditions including obesity, diabetes, renal, cardiac or respiratory problems or high blood pressure can get a fourth dose. You can find the full list of conditions here

If you fit the above requirements and have not either contracted Covid or had your last vaccine dose within six months, you are now eligible for the fourth dose.

If you are in an eligible category there is no need to wait for an invitation, you can make your appointment directly with a pharmacy, GP or vaccine centre.

Boosters for children

In addition to a fourth shot, the government has also opened up the standard booster shot programme to certain groups of under 18s.

Adolescents aged 12-17 are encouraged to get a booster dose if they live with an immunocompromised person.

Additionally, anyone aged 12 and over, who had their most recent dose of Covid-19 vaccine at least three months ago can get their first booster dose.

Vaccination is also open to all children ages 5 to 11 years old, but it requires parental authorisation (the form can be found here). 

Find an appointment

If you qualify you can book an appointment directly, there is no need to wait for an invitation.

Appointments for vaccinations are open on online medical platforms including Doctolib, as well as via your primary care physician or through a pharmacy.

If you are 80 years or older, you can call 0 800 730 957 (free call) to be put in touch with a health professional who can come to your home to deliver the vaccination.

Many of the large vaccine centres have now closed down.

To find a location near you, you can look 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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