The vaccination campaign, as announced by the Ministry of Health at the end of September, will begin on October 26.
Massive vaccination at pharmacists from November 23
Great novelty for mass vaccination against influenza: pharmacists are authorized to vaccinate the general population, four weeks after the start of the campaign.
Until then, and since 2019, pharmacists were authorized to vaccinate adults of the age of majority and targeted by the vaccination recommendations in force against seasonal flu. The following were concerned in particular: people over 65, pregnant women, patients suffering from certain chronic pathologies, obese people or even those close to immunocompromised people.
This more fragile “public” remains a priority, as recalled by the Union of Unions of Community Pharmacists (USPO). “A prioritization strategy will be put in place for the target population during the first four weeks of the campaign”, we say. Vaccination in pharmacies for all adults cannot begin until after this period, i.e. on November 23.
Compared to the Covid vaccination
With regard to Covid, the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) issued an additional opinion to that of August 23, 2021, in which it specifies the practical arrangements for simultaneously carrying out the Covid-19 vaccination booster campaign and the campaign Seasonal influenza vaccination 2021/2022.
For the sake of simplicity, these two vaccines (seasonal influenza vaccine and Covid-19 vaccine, whether it is the booster dose or the first or second dose) can be administered on the same day, during ‘the same meeting. According to the data analyzed by the HAS, this practice does not compromise the vaccine efficacy or the safety profile.
If necessary, each of the two injections should be performed at a separate site (left arm and right arm deltoid muscle). If the simultaneous administration of these vaccines is not possible, it is no longer necessary to observe a period between these vaccinations. The 15-day interval between the vaccine against Covid-19 and that against the seasonal flu (or the other vaccines of the vaccination schedule) no longer applies.