Health: nurses authorized to vaccinate adults without medical prescription

By Graziella L. Posted April 24, 2022, 4:00 PM

From now on, nurses, pharmacists and midwives are authorized to vaccinate all adults without prior medical prescription. Nearly 15 vaccines can thus be administered much more easily to those who need them.

Three months after the request of the High Authority of Healththe government validated theexpansion of “vaccination skills from nursesfrom pharmacists and midwives. These professions will now be able to administer to those who request them all the vaccines planned from 16 years old, without prior medical prescriptionfrom this Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Patrick Chamboredon, the president of the Order of Nurses told AFP that “it is a first step towards more autonomy for the profession and, for our fellow citizens, the guarantee of greater access to prevention”. Indeed, the accessibility of vaccines will be reinforced because caregivers will be able to more easily administer vaccines against fifteen diseases : influenza, rabies, diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, human papillomavirus, pneumococcus, hepatitis (A and B), and meningococci (A, B, C, Y and W).

For the moment, this novelty mainly benefits nurses, because pharmacists are waiting for the opinion of the drug agency to be able to prescribe these same vaccines to adults over 16. The green light should arrive in the fall. Midwives can “prescribe and practice” in pregnant women and newborns.

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