The French President’s constantly shifting and contradictory statements about the jab appear to have taken their toll on public confidence
At various times, Mr Macron has publicly questioned its efficacy and safety – at one stage even temporarily suspending its use.
He famously described the vaccine as being “quasi-effective”, before agreeing himself to take it.
Although the vaccine has been linked to a small number of very rare blood clots , the European Medicines Agency has continued to advocate its use, saying the benefits outweighed the risks.
France has purchased 4.7 million doses of the Oxford jab, but so far has only administered 2.3 million, according to data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
The French President came in for a barrage of criticism when he was forced to reintroduce the lockdown and now faces a fight to save his political career.
Bruno Cautrès told the New York Times that Mr Macron’s handling of the pandemic could be a decisive factor in next year’s presidential elections, where he faces a strong challenge from Marine Le Pen.
The political scientist, from the Center for Political Research at Sciences Po in Paris, said at the time of announcement of the new lockdown: “What appears today is, on the contrary, the idea of a head of state who plays it by ear and who doesn’t really know where he’s going.