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The High Authority for Health issued an opinion on Tuesday in which it recommends allowing pharmacists, nurses and midwives in France to administer all vaccines against Covid-19. To date, only AstraZeneca could be administered in pharmacies.
To speed up vaccination campaign in France, the High Authority for Health (HAS) recommended, Tuesday March 2, that pharmacists, nurses and midwives, in addition to doctors, can administer all vaccines against Covid-19.
Until now, the HAS estimated that only the AstraZeneca vaccine could be injected by pharmacists and midwives, and not the other two available in France, those of Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna.
The extension of the skills of all these health professionals “is a lever of acceleration of the campaign” of vaccination, underlined the president of the HAS, Dominique Le Guludec, during an online press conference.
“Streamline and accelerate the vaccination process”
The objective is to “diversify the profile of vaccinators, to increase the number of places of vaccination and, ultimately, to simplify this vaccination”, she continued, estimating that “vaccination by pharmacists will be able to streamline and accelerate the vaccination process “.
Once formulated, HAS opinions must then be approved by the government to enter into force.
In addition to the administration of vaccines, the HAS also recommends extending the skills of the various health professionals for their prescription.
She therefore recommends that pharmacists can prescribe all Covid vaccines, except for pregnant women and people with a blood problem called hemostasis disorder.
In addition, she advises that midwives can also prescribe vaccines to women, “especially pregnant women.”
For now, vaccinations against Covid mainly take place in hospitals and vaccination centers. However, a new stage of the campaign opened last Thursday, with the possibility for city doctors and occupational doctors inject AstraZeneca vaccine into people aged 50 to 64 with co-morbidities.