France's national health authority on Monday unveiled its five-step plan for vaccinating the public, with a first stage prioritising the elderly and those most at risk from Covid-19 followed by those over 65 with comorbidities.
France's roll-out for the Covid-19 vaccine is set to start at the end of December or early January. The French national health authority, the Haute Autorité de Santé, has outlined a five-step plan that begins with vaccinating the country's most vulnerable.
Phase I: The first stage involves vaccinating the estimated 650,000 elderly residents living in care homes.
Phase II: Stage two involves vaccinating people over 75 followed by those older than 65 with comorbidities (the presence of one or more additional medical conditions) and finally all other people between 65 and 74 years of age.
Phase III: All people over 50 years of age will be vaccinated in the third stage, followed by people under 50 who have comorbidities.
Phase IV: People who have been in high-risk contact with known coronavirus cases will be offered the vaccine during the fourth stage.
Phase V: All other people over 18 years of age will be granted access to the vaccine in the fifth and final stage of the roll-out, although vaccination will not be compulsory in France.
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