In a bid to start easing restrictions by mid-May, the French government pledged to go all out on vaccine rollout to bring down the coronavirus-linked infections and deaths.
With the aim, it plans to open about 40 mass vaccination centers this month, and allows shots to be administrated in doctors' offices and pharmacies.
On Monday, the country's health authorities extended the vaccination with AstraZeneca jabs to all people older than 55 and without comorbidity. Shots of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna will be available to all people aged 60 and over from April 16.
Since the epidemic outbreak, 99,135 people with COVID-19 have died and more than 5 million cases have been confirmed in France, showed official data released on Monday.
The number of COVID-19 patients who required life support rose by 78 to 5,916, above the peak of 4,919 reported in November 2020, when the country went into the second lockdown to contain the epidemic.