Vaccination (procedure)Last update: 15/06/2021
Vaccines will become available gradually, and so the Prince’s Government has had to establish priorities to ensure that at-risk groups are at the front of the queue. These groups are:
- Elderly people living in care settings
- People aged over 55
- People aged over 18 who present risk factors for co-morbidity according to a list drawn up by the French High Authority of Health taken up in Monaco.
- People with underlying health conditions (obesity (BMI>30), particularly among younger people, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory disease, complex high blood pressure disorders, heart disease, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, recent history of cancer (within the last three years), solid organ transplant or haematopoietic stem cell transplant, Down’s syndrome, etc.)
- Healthcare workers, etcA
The vaccination campaign will therefore be rolled out in several phases to target each category of the population.
Vaccination is free and voluntary.
- You are invited to indicate your wish to be vaccinated by contacting the COVID-19 Call Centre on 92.05.55.00 (open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week) or register yourself though this website https://vaccination-covid19.gouv.mc/
- Following this initial contact, you will be called back to arrange an appointment for vaccination at the National Vaccination Centre in the Grimaldi Forum (10 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco) or at your home if you find it difficult to travel. If you live in a care home, you will be given specific information there.
It is not necessary to obtain a medical prescription. If you do not have a prescription from your preferred doctor, the vaccine will be administered following a pre-vaccination consultation at the National Vaccination Centre or at your home.
At the center, the process takes about thirty minutes:
- Registration at reception
- Medical consultation
- Vaccination (The process involves an injection in your arm)
You should then wait about 15 minutes after the vaccination to be sure there are no side or allergic reactions.
You don't have to be fasting especially.
No. You can consult your family doctor if you want to, but it is not necessary to do so. There will be two doctors routinely available at the National Vaccination Centre to help you if required.
No. This is not recommended by the health authorities.
There is not yet enough information to determine how long the immunity provided by any of the vaccines will last. We will know in a few months.
It is therefore possible that a booster vaccine may be required in the shorter or longer term to provide renewed immunity.
Like any medication, vaccines can produce side effects, but these do not affect everyone.
The HAS and the European Medicines Agency are working on this issue and will disseminate information as effects are noted.
So far, we have seen that some people in the United Kingdom, where vaccination has already begun using the Pfizer vaccine, have experienced the following side effects: redness at the injection site, fatigue, headaches and, to a lesser extent, shivering, aches, fever and allergic reactions.
In rare instances, more severe reactions may also occur. The risk of serious or lasting side effects is very low but can never be excluded. This applies not just to COVID-19 vaccines, but to any medication, including all vaccines.
Suspected side effects should be reported to the healthcare professional who gave you the vaccination or, if you were vaccinated at the National Vaccination Centre or by a mobile vaccination team, by telephoning 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199 or emailing: [email protected].
From Friday June 25, 2021, vaccines for the general public will be given exclusively at the National Vaccination Center at the Center Auditorium Rainier III (ground floor).
The option of concentrating the administration of the vaccine in one place is justified by the fact that the handling of the product currently available is very delicate. Also, this is a way to avoid wasted doses. But today, every dose of vaccine helps. On the other hand, if the vaccination is not done well, it is unnecessary. It is therefore best to concentrate the act of vaccination with personnel trained in the specifics of this first available vaccine.
The Principality began the vaccination campaign on December 30th. The objective was to give priority to people over 75 years of age and to health workers most at risk.
Since January 19, vaccination has been open to people over 65 who want it and to people under 65 who suffer from serious pathologies.
Since Thursday, March 11, vaccination has been open to people over 55 who want it and to people over 18 who present risk factors for co-morbidity according to a list drawn up by the French High Authority of Health taken up in Monaco. An attending physician must certify comorbidities.
On presentation of a medical certificate, these people can make an appointment with the Covid-19 call center at 92.05.55.00 or online (https://vaccination-covid19.gouv.mc/).