Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday starting May 31, all adults in France will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations, two weeks earlier than initially planned.
The vaccines would be made available a week earlier, on May 24, to people in “priority professions”, including teachers, police, bus drivers, taxi drivers, prison officers, checkout workers, cleaners and staff in hotels and restaurants.
Castex spoke during a visit to a vaccination center in the high-density Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, saying President Emmanuel Macron had given orders to speed up the campaign.
So far, 21.5 million people have received at least one shot of a vaccine, representing about a third of the population.
Castex said France was in a position to increase the campaign as it “will receive a lot of doses between now and the end of June, so we must have the highest level of vaccination possible”.
Until now, the vaccinations had been limited to the over-50s but all adults are allowed to book an unused slot advertised on the same day or the next day.