COVID-19 vaccination for residents in France

1. From 18 January 2021, people over 75 years of age, as well as people presenting one of the pathologies leading to a very high risk of a serious form of the disease, whatever their age, will be able to be vaccinated.

Vaccination is by appointment only:

More information can be obtained by calling from France the number 0 800 009 110 (lines open 7 days a week from 06:00 am -10:00 pm)

Vaccination is progressively rolled out following a simple logic: priority is given to those most vulnerable to the virus and most likely to develop serious forms of the disease.

You will find the map of vaccination centres at the following address: https://sante.fr/carte-vaccination-covid (in French), along with eligibility criteria for those who can sign up for a vaccination Only those meeting the criteria should sign up.

2. As of February 25, 2021, AstraZeneca vaccine can be used by doctors in their offices to vaccinate you.

Can I get vaccinated?
Yes, you can receive this vaccine developed by the Oxford-AstraZeneca laboratory if you are between 50 and 74 years of age inclusive and suffer from co-morbidities (obesity, diabetes or respiratory diseases) or cancer as indicated by the Haute autorité de Santé (HAS) on February 2: in this case, you are part of the populations at risk exposed to severe forms of Covid-19, eligible for vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Is it necessary to make an appointment?
Should we wait for the doctor to contact you or not? If the MG France union invites doctors to "identify patients likely to be vaccinated", nothing beats a phone call! The simplest thing to do is to contact your doctor's office to find out if your doctor is volunteering for this COVID-19 vaccination, and to let you know if you want an appointment scheduled in the next few weeks. But beware: you will most certainly have to wait, because of the lack of sufficient doses.
Once in the office, the doctor will verify your eligibility for the vaccine and give you the injection. You will remain under observation for a quarter of an hour to monitor any anaphylactic reaction following the administration of the vaccine.
A second dose of the vaccine will be given between nine and twelve weeks after the first injection.

We remind you that both host states are giving priority to vulnerable groups (based on age or presence of underlying health issues) and exposed groups (medical personnel) according to their respective national strategies. We have been informed that all members of CERN personnel, and their accompanying family members, residing in the two Host States will be included in these campaigns, with the vaccine being made available to them in the same way and at the same pace as it is to others in their respective country of residence. 

We remind you that the "carte vitale" of the French Social Security is not necessary to be vaccinated even if some vaccination centers have not yet been properly informed of the procedure to be implemented.

Please note that we have actively worked with CERN services and national authorities to make it clear to all French vaccination centers that the "carte vitale" is NOT required to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine in France and that a registration procedure for persons not holding the "carte vitale" (without a recognized NIR) is now defined, see here (French only).

CERN is exploring with the competent authorities of the host States the possibility of offering vaccination against COVID-19 on site when the vaccines become more widely available.