Vaccination in France: process, schedule, vaccines used... Everything you need to know

Published by Laurent P., Rizhlaine F., Cécile D. · Published on 19 April 2021 at 19h23 · Updated on 19 April 2021 at 19h27
France's vaccination campaign is escalating, and there are many questions. Here is everything we know so far on Covid-19 vaccine and the strategy for the French people.

As the coronavirus epidemic keeps on spreading across the world, several laboratories managed to develop different vaccines in no time. In France, the vaccine campaign has started on December 27, 2020 and experienced an improvement a few days ago by speeding things up. Yet, in the crazy speed of news, things may not be crystal clear, here is momre about the different things we know so far about the vaccination campaign and vaccine in a wider manner as well as effectiveness against variants.

Vaccination in France: daily data:

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In Île-de-France, the coronavirus epidemic is heading towards a third wave as the vaccine campaign still goes on. As of Coronavirus Paris – Île-de-France: how many people are vaccinated in the area as of Sunday 9 May 2021?, how many French have been vaccinated in the Paris area so far? Keep reading to find out more.

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How many people have been given the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in France? What are the regions vaccinating the most? This Sunday 9 May 2021, here are how many people have been given the first dose, and been fully vaccinated in France since December 27, 2020. Keep reading to find out more about the number of people vaccinated per region.

Vaccine: what you need to know

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Despite the details of the mass Covid vaccine campaign and the different steps explained by Jean Castex and Olivier Véran a few weeks ago, you still do not know which group you belong to? What step you are part of? How to know if you can get a vaccine? Here are answers.

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As the fight against Covid goes on in France, the vaccination schedule also changes along with the delivery of vaccine doses in the country, as well as with the approvals granted by the European Medicines Agency. Take a stock on the schedule and key dates of the French vaccination campaign.

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Let's take a stock on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments across the world. Where are the first vaccines at? Are they safe? When will they be made available? Are there effective Covid-19 treatments? What are the latest discoveries and breakthroughs performed by scientists?

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This February 23, 2021, the group working on the vaccination strategy made of experts and 35 citizens randomly selected has delivered their first recommendations. An update with 7 propositions. They specifically recommend to spread clear information that can be understood by all on one website, to manage the vaccination campaign on a very local scale, to set up online registrations for the vaccine, and to include traveling units to reach people in the most precarious situations. The CESE - the Economic, Social and Environmental Council - also recommends to ask for vaccine manufacturing licenses.

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Where is France’s vaccine stock at? As the government announces they aim at vaccinating 30 million people by mid-June, vaccinations data raise questions. According to the government’s data, over 1,800,000 vaccines are stocked in refrigerators and freezers in France.

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Several months after the injection of the first Covid-19 vaccine doses, the National Medicines Safety Agency delivers a report listing all side effects reported in France.

Vaccine: questions-answers

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In a report given to the government this Friday February 12, the French Haute Autorité de Santé has stated that people who have been already infected by Covid will only get one, and only one, dose of vaccine, for those given the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The reason? These people – who have been infected already – have then already develop antibodies and only one injection is said to protect them as much, and even more than those given two doses if they have not been infected before.

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Vaccination is expected to enable one to meet again with their family and friends without taking the risk of catching Covid-19, but when is one truly protected once vaccinated? From the first injection of the vaccine, three weeks after the first dose? After the second injection? This question is – particularly when if people vaccinated are protected, scientific studies have not enabled yet to answer the question: can one contaminate their relatives once vaccinated? We tell you more on the matter.

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At the dawn of the launch of the vaccine campaign in France, there are still many questions about the life span of immunity get thanks to vaccine that remain answerless. Here is what we know so far.

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As Europe is to proceed to the first vaccinations against coronavirus during “first quarter 2021”, some airlines could require proof of anti-Covid-19 vaccine to allow passengers to board the plane. Should upcoming anti-Covid vaccine be compulsory to travel and for international flights? Answers.

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Facing the coronavirus epidemic, laboratories across the world are experiencing a wild race to vaccine in order to accelerate the end of the pandemic. But howis this kind of treatment issued?

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Covid-19 vaccines will be available in France from January. But, will they be controlled once they are approved and issued? Yes, coronavirus vaccines will be controlled by several agencies for years and results will be released weekly by the government. It will be even possible to report a side effect related to the Covid-19 vaccine yourself. Keep reading to find out more!

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Is it dangerous to get vaccinated against Covid if you have been infected already? As France is in the middle of the vaccination campaign, this Saturday December 19, 2020 the Haute Autorité de Santé issued a release. It addresses the usefulness issue of having people already infected with coronavirus vaccinated. An issue addressed again this Monday March 1, 2021 by INSERM head of research Béhazine Combadière.

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Despite the details of the mass Covid vaccine campaign and the different steps explained by Jean Castex and Olivier Véran a few weeks ago, you still do not know which group you belong to? What step you are part of? How to know if you can get a vaccine? Here are answers.

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As the first vaccines against coronavirus are to be given from Sunday December 27, 2020 in France, the Haute Autorité de Santé has given the green light to use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Yet, this Covid serum is not recommended to some people. Who are they? Keep reading to find out more.

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As the whole world is waiting for the vaccine that will put an end to the coronavirus epidemic, the French Haute Autorité de Santé expresses a doubt as to the ability of the vaccine to stop from spreading, even though it is effective.

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As several vaccines are beginning to share their clinical trial results, their effectiveness can be very different. 70%, 80%, 90%... What do these number mean? Keep reading to find out more!

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According to data already made available Covid vaccines on the market or being approved protect from being contaminated, but do they prevent from transmitting the virus to somebody else? We try to answer this question.

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Is it possible to get another vaccine for the 2nd shot? For instance, being injecting the Moderna vaccine as the 1st dose, and the Pfizer vaccine as the 2nd one? This was not a question we were wondering about, and yet, the United-Kingdom has answered it. In their recommendations, the country allows mix-and-match, naming replacing the vaccine for the second dose. France has not settled on the matter yet.

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Even though the vaccine campaign started in France, the general public still has to wait for a few months before getting their vaccine. Which one should you get once the time has come? Let us run through the differences and similarities between vaccines provided by AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

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According to a new study carried out by Institut Pasteur, Covid-19 vaccination campaign in France will not be enough – on its own – to prevent a leap forward in hospitalization. Let us explain.

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As this Monday March 22, AstraZeneca laboratory stated their vaccine was 79% effective and show no risk of thromboses (blood clots), this Thursday March 25, the Swedish-British laboratory reviewed data as required by the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases), and announced updated data including vaccine was 76% effective.

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The Health Minister has announced Janssen Covid vaccine – aka Johnson & Johnson subsidiary – will arrive in France later than expected, in May 2021 instead of April. A vaccine still waiting to be approved by the European Medicines Agency.

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According to a wide study carried out in Scotland, Covid vaccines developed by Pfizer and AstraZeneca dramatically decrease risk of severe Covid from the first shot.

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As part of the G7, French President Emmanuel Macron said he would like to support Africa and proposed to transfer 4 to 5% of Covid vaccines ordered by wealthy countries to Africa, namely 13 million doses. An idea supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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This Thursday April 15, 2021, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was still halted - as decided two days ago - for another week in the USA after suspicious cases of thrombosis in vaccinated people have been reported. Yet, the vaccine enjoyed emergency use approval by the regulator this past February 27.

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The EU 27 have agreed on a "EU health pass" to be instated from June 15, 2021. What will it include? European Commissioner Thierry Breton - entrusted with vaccines - answered the question this March 28 on Le Grand Jury show.

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Pfizer and Biontech announced this Wednesday March 31, their covid vaccine is 100% effective in 12-15 y.o., according to results from a stage 3 clinical trial carried out in the United States in over 2,000 teenagers. This past February, it was 94% effective combining all categories.

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Is Sanofi catching up the race for vaccine? Even though they are still far behind, the French laboratory announced this Friday March 12 they are launching the first human clinical trials of their vaccine developed in partnership with American biotech Translate Bio.

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As vaccination campaigns have been initiated worldwide, Moderna is in talks to increase by 50% vaccine doses per vial, so that they can move from 10 to 15 doses of vaccine per vial.

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AstraZeneca vaccine subject to worries… This Thursday February 11, the ANSM said that in 10,000 health workers vaccinated, 149 of them developed mild but harsh side effects such as fever, headache and flu-like condition. Adverse effects required for some to call in sick.

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After being recommended this past February 10 by WHO for people aged 65+, AstraZeneca vaccine has also been approved in France for people between the age of 65 and 75. This is what Olivier Véran announced on Monday March 1, 2021 on France 2, during an interview.

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As the government is trying to reopen museums soon, Roselyne Bachelot has stood out against instating a vaccine passport for people to enjoy cultural places.

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Pfizer covid vaccine is said to be less effective against the South African variant... This is at least what an Israeli study found on the matter, stating this strain is likely to "break through" the vaccine. The study shifts focus of the results from the previous study carried out by the American laboratory, explaining their vaccine was working for at least six months against all variants, and especially the South African strain.

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Delayed vaccination campaign within the European Union could cost billions to the 27… According to Euler Hermès experts’ calculations, it could cost between 100 million and 3 billion depending on the countries and per week of lockdown, for a total that could reach up to 90 billion euros for 2021.

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