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Covid-19 Vaccine: Who is affected by the booster dose?

Publié le 26 novembre 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Crédits : © Melinda Nagy -

Vaccine on an elderly person

Injection of a booster dose for the most vulnerable and those aged 65 and over has been possible since early September. As of October 6, 2021, professionals who care for or accompany these vulnerable persons may also receive this booster dose. As of November 27, 2021, the vaccine recall is open to all adults. It should be given 5 months after the last vaccine injection (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca) and 4 weeks after the single Janssen injection. Who is affected by this vaccine recall? What vaccines? Where to get vaccinated? answer all your questions.

The campaign to recall the Covid-19 vaccine began on the 1stto September 2021. recommendation of the High Health Authority (HAS) in an opinion delivered on 24 August 2021 . On October 6, 2021, HAS recommended that this recall be extended to new populations.

In published opinion friday 19 november 2021 , the High Health Authority (HAS) has recommended the administration of a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine for all adults aged 40 and over.

In new opinion delivered on 25 november 2021 , the HAS recommended that this period be reduced to 5 months and that the recall campaign be extended to all persons aged 18 and over. It considers that the worrying epidemic context justifies an acceleration of the vaccination campaign by shortening the time between first vaccination and the booster dose.

Who are the people concerned?

Since 1 September 2021, the vaccination recall shall mean the administration of an additional dose of vaccine as early as 5 months after full vaccination for eligible persons, i.e.:

  • Residents of Elderly Dependent Housing (Ehpad) and Long-Term Care Units (LTUs);
  • persons aged 65 and over living at home (with a priority for persons over 80);
  • people at very high risk of serious form;
  • persons with co-morbidities that increase the risk of severe forms of Covid-19;
  • severely immunocompromised persons (who have already received three doses and will receive a fourth dose as early as 3 months after the 3e dose indicates HAS);
  • People who received the Janssen vaccine. A booster dose with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna for those over 30) is recommended as early as 4 weeks after 1re injection.

Since 6 October 2021, following the opinion of the High Authority for Health of 6 October 2021, are also concerned:

  • healthcare professionals, all employees in the health and medical and social sectors, home care workers for vulnerable people, health transport professionals and firefighters, whatever their age;
  • relatives (over 18 years) of immunocompromised persons.

From 27 November 2021, further to the measures announced by the Minister of Health on November 25, 2021:

  • all persons 18 years and older within 5 months of their last injection.

  Warning : For those 65 years of age and over and those vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine, vaccination recall will be mandatory from 15 December 2021 to keep a valid health pass. Individuals 65 years of age and older should have received their booster dose no more than 7 months after their first complete vaccination. People vaccinated with Janssen vaccine should have their booster dose up to two months after their monodose. Beyond these time limits, their QR code will be disabled automatically.

Effective January 15, 2022, all persons aged 18 and over must have received a booster dose no more than 7 months after their last injection or infection with Covid to benefit from a valid pass.

Those who recall will have a new QR Code that will be valid 7 days after the injection. Those who recall on time, the QR code generated at the time of their previous vaccination will remain active for 7 days so that they can have a valid health pass.

What are the vaccines?

Vaccine recall against Covid-19 should be done with an mRNA vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for people 30 years and older.

  Warning : Maintaining the high level of adherence to barrier measures, including among those who have received a full vaccination plan and in particular in contact with those at risk of serious forms, is essential.

Where to get vaccinated?

Those who are interested can make an appointment:

  • their attending physician (or doctor of their choice);
  • in a pharmacy;
  • nursing or midwifery in the hospital services where they are attended;
  • in a vaccination centre (possibility to make an appointment on .

For people living in seniors' facilities, the booster dose is administered on site, no need to travel.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be injected into the town cabinet since 1to October 2021.

  FYI : In order to improve the vaccination of people over 80 years of age, new green has been set up to facilitate the appointment of vaccinations at home or at a health professional.

The toll-free number 0 800 730 957, available daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., allows people over the age of 80 to make an appointment (first or second injection or booster dose) at home or directly with a health care professional who is authorised to vaccinate.

  Please note : In addition to vaccination against Covid-19, influenza vaccination is still recommended. The flu shot has been available in pharmacies since October 22, and as is the case every year, people 65 years of age and older and those at risk of developing a severe form of flu will receive their voucher from Health Insurance.

In an opinion delivered on 27 September, HAS recommends that the 3rd dose of Covid-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine be given on the same day .


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