How to Get a Covid 19 Vaccine Booster in France



How to Get a Covid 19 Vaccine Booster in France

Covid-19 booster shots are now a requirement for all over-18s to access France’s Vaccine Pass (Pass Vaccinal). Find out if you need a Covid vaccine booster in France, when you need to have it by, and how to book an appointment.

Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters in France

As of January 15th, 2022, all over 18s in France will be required to get a Covid booster to maintain access to the Vaccine Pass.

The health pass is required for access to public events and buildings, including (but not limited to) bars, restaurants, museums, gyms, and long-distance public transport.

Who is eligible for a booster shot in France?

Booster shots are available to all over 18s in France.

You will be eligible for a booster three months after the date of your last vaccination (note: this has been reduced from the previous timeframes of six months and four months).

When do I need to get my booster shot?

As of February 15th, 2022, if you are over 18 a booster shot will be required in order to maintain access to France’s Vaccine Pass. Essentially, from these dates, ‘fully vaccinated’ will mean ‘three vaccination shots’ or two vaccinations for those who previously recovered from Covid (i.e. 1 x original vaccine shot + a booster).

You will become eligible for your dose within three months of your last vaccination and you will have four months to receive your booster before your pass is deactivated. If you have not received a booster shot within seven months of your final vaccination date your Vaccine Pass will be automatically deactivated.

If you use France’s TousAntiCovid app, you will receive an alert telling you when you are eligible for a booster jab. However, it’s a good idea to check the date yourself rather than relying on this. It remains your responsibility to book your booster and also to scan the QR code into the app once you have received it.

What happens if I don’t get a booster?

If the seven months pass and you have not presented a booster vaccination certificate, your Health Pass will automatically be deactivated. In order to reinstate it, you will need to receive the booster vaccine.

What happens if I catch Covid-19?

If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result in France, you will be issued a certificate upon recovery with a QR code to scan into the TousAntiCovid app. You will not be eligible for a booster vaccine until three months after the date of recovery, but this code will enable you to maintain access to the Health Pass during this period.

However, unlike with the original round of vaccinations in France, where recovery from Covid-19 counted as one dose of a vaccination, you will still need to get your booster vaccine within the seven month timeframe (i.e. within seven months of the date of recovery from Covid) to avoid your Health Pass being deactivated.

How to Make an Appointment for a Covid-19 Vaccine Booster in France

You will be eligible for a booster five months after the date of your last vaccination. However, you can book an appointment prior to this date, providing that the date of the appointment is after the five month mark.

The easiest way to book an appointment for your booster shot is online via a medical app such as Doctolib. You can also make an appointment via your GP or family doctor, or directly at one of the Covid vaccination centres (search for your closest one here).

With such a large number of the population soon eligible for a booster, it is expected that many vaccination centres will reopen and more appointments will become available, so keep checking if there are no spaces available when you first look.

Remember to take your Carte Vitale with you when booking or attending your appointment. You will also need to enter the date of your last vaccination (found on your vaccination certificate, or in ‘mon carnet’ in your TousAntiCovid app).

Booster shots are covered by your Carte Vitale – as long as you are registered for France’s state healthcare, you will not have to pay.

Can I get my Covid-19 booster and my flu shot at the same time?

France’s medical regulator (HAS) has given approval for combined appointments where the Covid vaccine and flu shot can be administered at the same time. So, if you have not yet received your flu shot, this might be a convenient option to save time.

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FrenchEntrée's Digital Editor, Zoë is also a freelance journalist who has written for the Telegraph, HuffPost, and CNN, and a guidebook updater for the Rough Guide to France and Rough Guide to Dordogne & Lot. She lives in the French countryside just outside of Nantes.

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  • Liana
    2022-07-04 08:22:02
    thanks for info, so good


  •  John Hooper
    2022-06-22 09:00:07
    John Hooper
    Myself and Wife are currently in France for a 6 months extended holiday and are both over 60.Do you know the cost for us to obtain a second COVID booster vaccine.


    • Zoë Smith
      2022-06-23 22:35:32
      Zoë Smith
      Hi John, Covid vaccines are free to those registered in the French healthcare service. As a non-resident, it may still be possible to gain access to the French vaccine programme during your time in France - I would suggest asking your French doctor for more details. Do let us know how you get on. Best regards, Zoe


  • James
    2022-01-27 09:56:51
    Hi Zoe I received both Pfizer shots in France in 2021. The Tousanticovid app is saying we need a booster or it will be deactivated but we are currently in South Africa. Do you know if we are able to get a booster in South Africa and load it to our profile on the Tousanticovid app? We are on European Passports. Thanks in advance,


  •  Kellz
    2021-12-08 09:28:59
    Hi! Thank you for this, we just received our booster in France but are not on the French health system( only Monaco ) snd they are asking for a 9 digit code, do you know what they referring to? The testing station said we could only need to give our reference number which is not the case. Thank you!!


    • Zoë Smith
      2021-12-09 12:26:03
      Zoë Smith
      Your booster vaccine certificate should have a code or QR code to enter into the TousAntiCovid app. This will activate the Pass Sanitaire. Are you able to request such a certificate from your health provider in Monaco. According to the French government site, vaccines from Monaco should be valid - read more about that here: Best, Zoe


  • ray turner
    2021-12-02 10:20:25
    ray turner
    i am a visitor to France. I am here until late January. My second vaccination was 6 months ago. Is it possible to get a booster before i return to the uk?


    • Zoë Smith
      2021-12-09 12:34:40
      Zoë Smith
      Hi Ray, Unfortunately, as with most other countries, France's vaccination programme is currently only open to those resident in France.


    •  Peter Marsh
      2021-12-05 09:17:46
      Peter Marsh
      I am in the same position , did you get an answer?


      • Zoë Smith
        2021-12-07 07:34:51
        Zoë Smith
        Hi Ray and Peter, As with the main vaccination programme, Covid-19 boosters in France are only available to residents of France. However, if you live in France and do not yet have your Carte Vitale, it is still possible to get a booster. Expect to be asked for proof of residency and/or proof that your original vaccinations were carried out in France. Zoe


  •  Sharri
    2021-12-01 07:32:33
    Can you get a booster if you do not have carte vitale and pay?


    • Zoë Smith
      2021-12-07 07:35:41
      Zoë Smith
      Hi Sharri,, Covid-19 boosters in France are only available to residents of France. However, if you live in France and do not yet have your Carte Vitale, it is still possible to get a booster. Expect to be asked for proof of residency and/or proof that your original vaccinations were carried out in France. Zoe


  • Nikki Kench
    2021-12-01 02:40:50
    Nikki Kench
    I can not take a booster because of the PEG in the vaccine they are offering what can i do Thank you


  •  Cris Olmos
    2021-11-23 06:23:29
    Cris Olmos
    Hello Zoë, I have 2 dosis of the Covid vaccine (AstraZeneca), given in Argentina 6 month ago. I will be traveling through France from next week for 4 months. Do you know if my digital vaccine certificate will be accepted, and also will I be able to ge a 3rd shot (booster) being a tourist. Thank you


  • Nooshin
    2021-11-18 06:29:06
    Thank you for your article! Can tourists receive a booster shot?