Medical staff are advised to reserve it first for priority patients, including people over 65, pregnant women, and people with respiratory and certain other illnesses. Others are advised to wait until December.
Sylvie Ducamp, 73, was among the first patients to be vaccinated against the flu in a Parisian pharmacy on Tuesday morning.
“Getting the flu shot keeps you from confusing flu symptoms with COVID-19 symptoms and it helps doctors,” she told The Associated Press.
Karima Ameri, 45, said her doctor advised her to get the vaccine quickly to avoid a possible shortage “because more and more people want to be vaccinated precisely for fear of being weakened by the flu” and contract COVID-19.
Assistant pharmacist Amira Ben Guitar said: “We have prepared adequate supplies of vaccine, in this pharmacy we have prepared an adequate stock. The only fear we can have is whether there are more people who want to be vaccinated than in previous years. “
Last winter, around 52% of people over 65 received the flu vaccine, according to French health authorities. This year, the French authorities have set themselves a target of reaching up to 75%.