Europe 1 with AFP 11:44 am, December 10, 2021

Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Friday that he had the objective of vaccinating 20 million French people with a booster dose against Covid-19.

According to him this would represent a "real achievement" and would involve continuing to "be at 500, 600, 700,000 booster vaccinations per day".

Health Minister Olivier Véran set this Friday the goal of vaccinating 20 million French people with a booster dose against Covid-19 by Christmas.

"I hope that we are 20 million French people eligible for the booster having had the booster by Christmas. The current vaccine dynamic allows us to hope so," he said during a trip to Lille.

Such a goal, which would constitute according to him "a real achievement", would imply continuing to "be at 500, 600, 700,000 booster vaccinations per day".

Some 710,000 French people received a booster dose on Thursday, he said, bringing the number of people who received this dose in the country to 12.5 million.

Among them, nearly 90% of eligible over 65s are up to date.

An authorization to vaccinate for medical students?

"Every day we record more daily contaminations than we have ever recorded in our country", recalled the Minister.

But "we are probably approaching the peak of this epidemic," he added.

After announcing Thursday the possibility for pharmacists to open on Sunday to vaccinate, he said he was considering allowing medical students to perform these acts in pharmacy.

"Moreover, I will revalue during the holidays the undergraduate and graduate students who vaccinate," he added.

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