Nurse authorized to vaccinate adults without a medical prescription

Nurses will be able to administer all vaccines provided from the age of 16 “without prior medical prescription” from Sunday, according to a series of texts published Saturday in the official journal, which also expands the privileges of pharmacists and midwives. Huh.

Three months after a favorable opinion from the High Authority for Health (HAS), the government validates the extension of “vaccination skills” for these three professions that have proven themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision primarily benefits nurses, who are now “eligible to administer without prior medical prescription” vaccines against fifteen diseases: influenza, rabies, diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, human papillomavirus, pneumococcus, hepatitis. (a and b), meningococci (a, b, c, y and w).

Caregivers will be able to administer these injections to “all people aged 16 and over for whom these vaccinations are recommended.”

“This is the first step towards greater autonomy for the profession and, for our fellow citizens, a guarantee of increased access to prevention”, welcomed Patrick Chambordan, chairman of the Order of Nurses, in a message to AFP.

Pharmacists are also “authorized to administer” the same list of vaccines to the same population aged 16 years and over, but always upon presentation of a medical prescription.

“To be able to prescribe them, we are waiting for an opinion from the pharmaceutical agency”, recently seized by Health Minister Olivier Veran, explained AFP Philippe Bassett, president of the FSPF – the main trade union of the profession.

This green light is expected to fall, knowing that pharmacists recently negotiated a fee of 7.50 to 9.60 euros per vaccine injection, which will be reimbursed by Social Security from October.

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In addition, the range of vaccines “prescribed and performed” by midwives in pregnant women, newborns, and “people who regularly live in their environment” align with similar pathologies.

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