Drivers, shop staff, cleaners – France lists 20 priority jobs for Covid vaccines

Drivers, shop staff, cleaners - France lists 20 priority jobs for Covid vaccines
For people in eligible groups, finding appointments is not always easy. Photo: Nicolas Tucat/AFP
France has created a list of 20 professions which will be prioritised for a Covid vaccine, in addition to the healthworkers, teachers, police and emergency staff who are already eligible, from Saturday.

At present, everyone over the age of 55 is eligible for a Covid vaccine in France, although in many areas it’s still not easy to get an appointment even if you are eligible.

The government is therefore creating ‘priority slots’ for certain professions – in the same way as teachers, childcare workers and police officers are already given priority slots at vaccine centres.

Healthworkers and domestic workers who work with vulnerable groups are vaccinated through their workplace.

The next stage will be opening up the vaccine to all under 55s, envisaged for mid June although there is no definite date yet.

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Over 55s in the listed professions – thought to be around 400,000 people – will be eligible for priority slots from Saturday, April 24th, the labour ministry announced on Tuesday. The priority slots will be available at vaccine centres only, with a list of participating centres due to the finalised shortly.

People in one of the priority professions will have to provide a payslip as proof of employment, or make a déclaration sur l’honneur (a sworn statement) that they are in an eligible group.

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The full list of professions published by the Labour Ministry is;

  • Lorry drivers
  • Bus drivers
  • Taxi or VTC (eg Uber) drivers
  • Public transport inspectors or ticket sellers
  • Refuse collectors
  • Street cleaners
  • Employees at recycling/waste sorting centres
  • Cleaners
  • Supermarket cashiers
  • Self-service employees in the food industry
  • Butchers
  • Bakers
  • Pâtissiers
  • Employees working in the food industry 
  • Company managers working in the food industry
  • Funeral directors
  • Abattoir workers 
  • Employees at food processing factories 
  • Security guards
  • Building managers or gardiennes

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