Eligible for a Covid jab in France but no open slots? Try these tips

Eligible for a Covid jab in France but no open slots? Try these tips

The deployment of the Covid-19 vaccination in France has accelerated in recent weeks and now more than 11 million people have received at least a first dose of a vaccine.
However, there is still Log in readers writing to say that although they are eligible for a shot, they cannot get a date.

Anyone over the age of 60 in France is eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccination, regardless of their state of health, with one of the vaccines offered (those from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca).

Anyone aged 55 to 59 is eligible to receive an AstraZeneca vaccine at a pharmacy or at their GP’s office.

Please see our timeline at the end of this article which shows who is eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination.

Below we show you the ways in which you can get an appointment, although there is no guarantee that they will work for everyone as there is still a shortage of doses in several parts of France.


Sante.fr is the government portal for finding a vaccination appointment. When you go to the website you can choose your department and it will show you all the vaccination centers in your area.

It will then give you the option of directly calling one of the centers to request an appointment or of clicking on a partner site to make an appointment online.

This method can be frustrating because it is time consuming and may involve either waiting for a center to answer your call or generating messages like the one below when trying to book online saying, “There is no more. of slots available online for the stated reason ”.

Quick My Dose

Vite Ma Dose (VMD) is an online tool designed by the volunteer creator of Covidtracker.fr, which offers statistical information on the Covid-19 pandemic.

VMD is a way to allay some of the frustration of trying to get an appointment through sante.fr.

You put in your ward and he will find the next vaccination appointment for you, which you can book immediately online.

Most departments have appointments within the next two weeks and some on the same day.

The connection checked April 16 to see those who did not have an appointment. There were 29:

Ariège, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Côte-d’Or, Côtes-d’Armor, Creuse, Hérault, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Haute-Loire, Loiret, Lot-et-Garonne, Lozère, Haute-Marne, Mayenne, Morbihan, Hautes-Pyrénées, Rhône, Haute-Saône, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne, Haute-Vienne, Territoire de Belfort, Essonne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Mayotte.

Twelve other departments only had appointments longer than two weeks, and in some cases up to one month.

This situation is likely to change with the arrival of more doses in France. It may be interesting to check VMD once a day to see if an appointment becomes available in your department. It’s a straightforward process and only takes a few seconds.

A department nearby

If you are mobile and can travel, you can search for vaccination appointments on VMD in neighboring departments.

According to the rules in force in France, you are authorized to travel without limit of distance for health reasons, in particular to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

You will need to complete an exemption form (travel declaration) and take it with you. You can find this form on the government website here.

Check the second box of the form: ” Health (consultations and care)».

General practitioners and pharmacies

Some general practitioners and pharmacies in France offer the AstraZeneca vaccine. If you are over 55 and do not have serious health problems, you can get AstraZeneca vaccine.

The easiest way to make an appointment is to call your GP or local pharmacy directly. If they offer vaccination but do not have doses available, they should put your name on a waiting list.

More than 18,500 pharmacies in France have registered to offer Covid-19 vaccinations.

A free helpline

France has also set up a free helpline with operators available seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. to help you make a vaccination appointment.

The number is: 0 800 009 110.

This method has worked successfully for a Log in reader, who we asked to try it out after having a frustrating experience trying other ways.

A free helpline in France got me vaccinated against Covid-19

Reader Richard Fell, 73, said he contacted the operator the first time he tried.

“I called the number and spoke with a nice lady who was very helpful and managed to understand my French!

“I now have an appointment for the first vaccination on April 26 and the second on May 21. They are both very close to my home. ”


It is a little longer.

Covidliste connects users to vaccination centers across the country in an effort to save doses that might otherwise be lost.

Users register with personal data, including name, age, address and contact details. Then, Covidliste explains: “When a dose is available, a link is sent to you by SMS. Upon confirmation, you are put in contact with a vaccination center. “

Registration is open to anyone who has not yet received a vaccine, whether you are eligible for national deployment or not.

So far, nearly 700,000 people have registered their names, and of these 1,430 have received a vaccination appointment. Covidliste is a partner of 254 vaccination centers and healthcare professionals across France.

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