Home Health Nurses authorized to vaccinate without a medical prescription

Nurses authorized to vaccinate without a medical prescription


LNurses will be able to administer all the vaccines planned from the age of 16 without prior medical prescription from Sunday 24 April. The vaccination prerogatives also extend to 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 proved their worth during the Covid-19 epidemic.

This decision primarily benefits nurses, now authorized 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.

Waiting for an opinion from the Medicines Agency

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, explained Philippe Besset, president of the FSPF – the main trade union of the profession, to Agence France -Hurry.

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. In addition, the range of vaccines that midwives can prescribe and administer to pregnant women, newborns and people who regularly live with them is aligned with the same pathologies.