Nurses authorized to vaccinate adults without a doctor’s prescription

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

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Nurses will be able to administer all the vaccines planned from the age of 16 “without prior medical prescription” from Sunday April 24, according to a series of texts published on Saturday in the Official Journal, which also extend the prerogatives of pharmacists and midwives. Three months after a favorable opinion from the High Authority for Health (HAS), the government validated the extension of “vaccination skills” for these three professions, which have proven themselves during the Covid-19 epidemic.

This decision primarily benefits nurses, now “qualified 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 perform these injections on all people “aged 16 and over for whom these vaccinations are recommended”.

Pharmacists are also “authorized to administer” the same list of vaccines to the same population aged 16 and over, but always on presentation of a medical prescription. Furthermore, the range of vaccines that midwives can “prescribe and practice” in pregnant women, newborns and “people who regularly live in their surroundings” is aligned with the same pathologies.

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