The Covid-19 vaccine will be free of charge in France for all who are in its social security system, and 1 million inoculations are set for January, French PM Jean Castex said, France 24 reported.
Castex said the vaccination campaign would begin in a matter of weeks, pending regulatory approval by the European Medicines Agency.
The inoculation program would be staggered over three categories of people, he said, commencing with the most vulnerable in nursing homes—in January.
"The vaccination will be free for all," Castex told a press conference.
France will ensure free Covid-19 vaccinations for all who are in its social security system and has earmarked €1.5 billion of next year's social security budget to cover the cost.
After the vaccination of an initial 1 million people in January an additional 14 million at high risk for coronavirus infection will be inoculated beginning in February.
France has ordered some 200 million doses from different pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines, Castex said, enough to inoculate 100 million people—more than France's population of just over 66 million.
The Covid-19 vaccination will be voluntary in France. Castex assured citizens the approved vaccines would be safe.
"The remarkable mobilization worldwide has allowed the rapid development of vaccines. However, this timeframe in no way means that we have compromised safety," the prime minister said.
Castex said the spread of the virus was continuing to slow in France and would soon go below the threshold of 10,000 new infections per day. France recorded more than 80,000 new cases at the peak of the second wave in November.