France will ensure free Covid-19 vaccinations for all who are in its social security system and has earmarked €1.5bn euros of next year’s social security budget to cover the cost, prime minister Jean Castex said.
Castex said the vaccination campaign would begin in a matter of weeks, pending regulatory approval by the European Medicines Agency.
The inoculation programme would be staggered over three categories of people, he said, commencing with the most vulnerable in nursing homes.
“The vaccination will be free for all,” Castex told a press conference.
France has ordered some 200m doses from different pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines, Castex said, enough to inoculate 100 million people – more than France’s population.
The Covid-19 vaccination will be voluntary in France. Castex assured citizens the approved vaccines would be safe.
“The remarkable mobilisation worldwide has allowed the rapid development of vaccines. However, this timeframe in no