Covid-19. Do I need a prescription to receive a new booster dose?

“Why is a medical prescription required for a new injection of anti-covid vaccine? This is the question posed by Dominique, a reader from Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme).

If you are eligible for a booster dose of the vaccine against Covid-19, you can make an appointment “from your pharmacist, doctor or nurse, or from a vaccination centre, in order to receive it”tells us the Directorate General of Health (DGS).

Everyone over the age of 60 is currently eligible for a second booster against Covid-19. The scientific authorities list the people for whom vaccination is recommended. Among them, people over the age of 60 can be vaccinated as well as people at risk of a serious form of the disease (immunocompromised, pregnant women or suffering from a comorbidity) as well as people in the entourage of a fragile person. (including professionals from the health and medico-social sectors).

“It is up to the healthcare professional who vaccinates to arbitrate on the merits of a vaccination with regard to each individual situation, and thus to prescribe the vaccine before injecting it”, adds the DGS. There is therefore a vaccine prescription to get vaccinated, but you do not need to have one to make an appointment.

As at the start of the vaccination campaign, the Santé.fr site still allows you to find an appointment near you, whether in a pharmacy or with a health professional. You can then make an appointment by phone or on the Doctolib, Keldoc, Maiia platforms…

Are documents required?

To receive your booster dose, you must bring your identity document and your vital card since you must give your Social Security number.

The youngest, from 12 to 15 years old, must present the vital card of one of their parents or a certificate of rights and also parental authorization.

Which vaccines?

As part of the fall recall campaign, this fourth dose is injected “preferably with bivalent vaccines”. It is these new vaccines that protect against both the original strain of the virus and its variant Omicron.

“Bivalent Covid-19 vaccines act against the initial strain of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus and against the Omicron variant of this virus and thus provide better protection”specifies the Health Insurance, on its dedicated page.

Classic, monovalent vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna remain effective and are still used for people who are completely unvaccinated and starting their vaccination journey.

Read also: Covid-19. What steps do you need to take to get vaccinated? We answer you

According to data from Covid Tracker, more than 34.6 million French men and women have already received three doses of vaccine against Covid-19.

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