Get vaccinated against COVID-19
What is it?
Together with barrier measures, vaccination is the main way to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination is free of charge and available to everyone from the age of 5. The vaccine protects you and your family against COVID-19. With the vaccine, you are much less likely to get the disease and if you do, you will get a mild form of the virus.
Good to know: Vaccination allows you to obtain your "health pass" and, since 24 January 2022, your "vaccination pass".
(see the Réfugiés.info sheets: "Get your health pass" / "Get your vaccination pass").
Different vaccines against COVID-19 are available in France today (they are called : Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen). All these vaccines are effective against the Covid-19 virus. Vaccines are prescribed according to your age and health status:
- People aged 5 to 29 can only receive Pfizer-BioNTech injections,
- People aged 30 to 54 can choose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna,
- People aged 55 and over can receive all vaccines currently available in France (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen).
Good to know: You can do a simulation here to know which type of vaccine you can get. Don't hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor if you have questions.
You can be vaccinated in various places by appointment: in a vaccination centre, at your GP's, at your occupational physician's, in a pharmacy, in a nurse's or midwife's surgery, and at home.
Vaccination usually requires two injections a few weeks apart (except for the Janssen vaccine and people who have already had COVID-19).
A few months later, the effectiveness of the vaccine decreases. This is why a booster dose is now recommended. Since January, 24th 2022, the booster vaccination is open to all persons aged 12 years and over from three months after the last injection or the last COVID-19 infection.
Good to know:
For more information on vaccination, you can consult the Vaccination Info service website.
Who is it for?
What to do?
Choose a way to make an appointment (by internet, by phone or in person)
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To get vaccinated, you can make an appointment:
- Online, directly on the appointment platforms (such as Doctolib) or via the website www.sante.fr, which will redirect you to the file of the vaccination centre nearest to you and will allow you to access the online appointment platform.
>> In the next step, we will explain how to make an appointment with Doctolib.
- By telephone by calling the national toll-free number: 0 800 009 110 (available from 6am to 10pm every day). When you call, you will have to enter your postcode to be put in touch automatically with a centre near you.
- In person, by contacting your GP, your occupational physician, your pharmacist, your nurse or midwife to make an appointment.
You can be vaccinated in different places: in a vaccination centre, at your GP's, at your occupational physician's, at a pharmacy, at a nurse's or midwife's practice, and at home.
Make an appointment online with Doctolib
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We will detail here the procedure for making an online appointment to be vaccinated via the Doctolib site.
- First, go to the Doctolib website or application: www.doctolib.fr
- Sign into your account.
> If you do not yet have an account, you can consult our Refugees.info file "Make a medical appointment on Doctolib" .
- In the search bar on the home page, first enter "COVID-19 vaccination" then specify your city.
- You must then indicate which category of the population you belong to (your age group and whether or not you have already had COVID-19).
- You will then find a list of the different places where you can get vaccinated near you. Click on the "Make an appointment" button located below the location.
Good to know: You can filter (below the search bar) your results, by:
- languages spoken on site,
- availability -- by indicating "in the next three days" if you want to quickly find a vaccination slot.
- Then, indicate the reason for your appointment (eg: first injection) and finally choose the day and time that suit you best. Often, a second appointment will also be offered for the second injection of the vaccine.
Good to know: If no time slot is finally available, return to the results list and try with another vaccination centre.
- To finalise your request, press the "me" button below "For whom are you making this appointment", then click on "Confirm appointment".
Congratulations, you have managed to make an appointment to be vaccinated!
Go to your appointment
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On the day of the vaccination, you must take with you both an ID and your "carte vitale" or the certificate of your "complémentaire santé solidaire " (C2S, additional health care cover) so as to give your social security number.
Good to know: Minors must present one of their parents' carte vitale or a certificate of entitlement mentioning the social security number of one of their parents (e.g. C2S certificate). They must also present a parental authorisation (for more information on the vaccination of minors, you can consult this web page).
On the spot, you will be asked a few questions and asked to fill in a questionnaire.
The vaccination is carried out by a health worker. You will usually be given a shot in the shoulder. Don't worry, the injection doesn't hurt and doesn't last long.
After the injection, you will be asked to stay for 15 minutes (for safety reasons) before you can go home.
You may have side effects from the vaccine
For a day or two after the vaccine, you may have:
- redness at the site of injection
- a little fever,
- pain in the muscles, especially in the arm where you received the vaccine.
Good to know: These are very common and normal reactions, which do not last more than two days after vaccination.
To feel better:
- drink water.
If you feel really bad, do not hesitate to call your doctor, especially in case of high fever (temperature above 39 ° C).
Don't forget to book your second injection (if you need one) or your booster shot
If you have not already had COVID-19 and if you have not been vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine, you will have to take two injections a few weeks apart.
You should normally receive both of your injections in the same place. However, if this is not possible for you, you can perform your second injection in a different center from the first.
- You will have to contact the center where you made the first injection in order to cancel the appointment made automatically for the second dose in this same center.
- And to make an appointment in your new center for the second injection, you can choose on Doctolib (for example) the slots dedicated only to second injections. To do this, you must follow step 2 above. When choosing the population category, you must choose "You wish to reserve only a second injection" then indicate your vaccine.
A few months after these two injections, the effectiveness of the vaccine decreases. Therefore a booster dose is now recommended .
- Since November 2021, the booster vaccine has been open to all people aged 18 and over from three months after the last injection or the last COVID-19 infection.
- Since January 24th, 2022, the booster dose is open to all 12-17 year olds.
You will get your health pass
A vaccination certificate is given to you with each injection. This document indicates: the date of the last injection carried out, the name of the vaccine and whether the vaccination is complete or not.
Good to know : All vaccinated people can retrieve their vaccination certificate on the Health Insurance “patient portal” .
When your vaccination is complete, you will get your "sanitary pass" . This is proof that you are vaccinated. You can present it in paper format (this is the paper you received when you got your booster vaccine) or digitally, via the TousAntiCovid application.
This health pass allows you to travel freely and safely within the European Union. In France, the pass allows you to access certain places that bring together a large number of people.
Good to know : Please note, since Monday, January 24th, the vaccination pass has replaced the health pass in many places.
>> See the Refugees.info file: "obtain the vaccination pass"
Since January 24th, 2022, a booster vaccine has been open to all people aged 12 and over as of three months after the last injection or the last COVID-19 infection. This vaccination reminder has consequences on the validity of your health pass:
- From January 15th, 2022, the health pass will be invalid seven months after the last injection in the absence of a booster dose for all persons over the age of 18.
- From February 15th, 2022 , the period of validity of the vaccination certificate without booster injection will increase to 4 months instead of 7 months.
Continue to follow the health guidelines
Vaccines reduce the severity of symptoms but not contagiousness. You must therefore continue to isolate yourself in the event of a positive test, in the event of contact with a positive person or in the event of symptoms. It is also important to continue to apply health guidelines and to wear a mask, even if you have been vaccinated.