There has been an increase in the number of people in France making Covid-19 vaccination appointments after President Emmanuel Macron on July 12 announced a series of new measures to combat the spread of Covid.
This included making vaccines mandatory for many healthcare professionals and expanding the use of the so-called “health pass,” which the government plans to impose to enter most public places such as restaurants. and to use long distance transport.
The government also intends to charge from this fall for Covid-19 tests that are not carried out for medical reasons.
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More than 1.3 million people made an appointment for the vaccination via the Doctolib booking platform just Tuesday, July 13, the day after Mr. Macron’s announcements.
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Since early June, the average number of appointments made for the first doses of a vaccine had not exceeded 300,000 per day until this week.
Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that on Tuesday a record 792,339 had received a dose of the vaccine by 6 p.m. – however, most of these were second injections, with only 269,776 first doses given.
Yesterday, more than 1.3 million French people made their vaccination appointment on Doctolib. New record. #VaccinationCovid
– Doctolib (@doctolib) July 14, 2021
Here we go over all the different ways to make an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccination in 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.
It will indicate the appointments available in pharmacies, general practitioners or nurses, or in vaccination centers.
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.
You enter your town, postal code or department and it will instantly show you all the vaccination appointments available in your area.
It will show you contact details so you can call to make an appointment, or you can click and book an appointment online through a partner website.
Make sure you find the right website because there is a fake website called vitemadose.fr.
The correct URL for Vita Ma Dose is www.vitemadose.covidtracker.fr
A free helpline
France has free telephone assistance 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.
General practitioners and pharmacies
Many general practitioners and pharmacies in France are participating in the vaccination campaign.
The easiest way to make an appointment is to call your GP or local pharmacy directly. If they offer a vaccine but don’t have doses available, they should put your name on a waiting list.
There are more than 18,500 pharmacies in France registered to offer Covid-19 vaccinations.
Doctolib / Keldoc / Maiia
These websites allow you to make Covid-19 vaccination appointments online.
All you need to do is enter your location – postcode, city, town, department, etc., and the sites will tell you all the vaccination appointments available nearby.
In many large cities in France, you can go to walk-in vaccination centers and get vaccinated.
This is the case for example of Paris and its surroundings, Strasbourg, Caen, etc.
For more information, check with your town hall or the regional health agency.
TousAntiCovid phone application
You can make an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccination via the TousAntiCovid phone application.
Click on the ‘I get vaccinated / I get vaccinated’ option, and you can find your nearest appointment and book by phone or online through a partner site.
If you don’t see this option on your app, you might need to update it.