Nurses authorized to vaccinate adults without a medical prescription

A “step further” for the autonomy of the profession, and more simplicity for patients. After having proven themselves during the Covid-19 epidemic, and on the favorable opinion of the High Authority for Health, nurses, as well as pharmacists and midwives, will see their “vaccination skills” extended. They will now be able to administer all the vaccines planned from the age of 16 “without prior medical prescription” from Sunday, according to a series of texts published this Saturday in the Official Journal.

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). “This is a first step towards more autonomy for the profession and, for our fellow citizens, the guarantee of enhanced access to prevention”, welcomed the president of the Order of Nurses, Patrick Chamboredon.

Vaccines reimbursed by Social Security from October

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. “To be able to prescribe them, we are awaiting an opinion from the drug agency”, recently seized by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, explains Philippe Besset, president of the FSPF, the main union in the profession.

This green light is hoped for by the fall, knowing that pharmacists have recently negotiated fees of 7.50 to 9.60 euros per vaccine injected, which will be reimbursed by Social Security from October. Moreover, the range of vaccines that midwives can “prescribe and perform” in pregnant women, newborns and “people who live regularly in their environment” is aligned on the same pathologies.

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