Covid-19: how the HAS considers the vaccination campaign

The High Authority of Health (HAS) unveiled this Monday, November 9 the first tracks of the vaccination campaign that could be carried out in France.

Avoiding the mistakes of the H1N1 epidemic

On Monday, November 9, the High Authority of Health (HAS) unveiled in a press release the first tracks of the vaccination campaign that could be carried out in France. The HAS invites in particular user associations, professional unions, law enforcement councils as well as healthcare establishments and companies to respond to a major consultation until November 30.

All are invited to consult a provisional document of a dozen pages in which appear “intermediate recommendations” for the implementation of mass vaccination of the population.

The HAS explains that it wants to avoid the mistakes made in 2009, during the vaccination campaign against H1N1. “The overall strategy was to rapidly vaccinate 75% of the population, targeting as a priority in the first weeks, populations at risk”, however “these objectives were not reached since the vaccination coverage of the population remained below 10% ”.

The organization explains that it is essential to obtain the confidence of the population which can “be based only on the transparency of scientific data, public health choices and ethical principles which have founded the vaccine recommendations and their evolution. And insists that it “will also be crucial for the public to have confidence that vaccine allocation is done equitably among citizens based on the threat posed by Covid-19 ».

The HAS explains that it wants to avoid the mistakes made in 2009, during the vaccination campaign against H1N1.

Priority people

The HAS believes that it is absolutely necessary to mobilize city medicine and strongly mobilize all health professionals, whether doctors, nurses, but also pharmacists and midwives, “in whom users have confidence, and who play a decisive role ”. For the HAS, this is an essential condition for the success of this vaccination. Moreover, there is no question for the organization to make the compulsory vaccination to avoid “anxiety-provoking and / or stigmatizing” communications.

The HAS also mentions in its press release which people could have priority for being vaccinated, namely “health and medical professionals” first and then “people at risk of serious forms because of their age and / or presence of one or more comorbidities ”.

Finally, the professionals who ensure the maintenance of activities essential to the functioning of the country are mentioned. The HAS also indicates that it will be necessary to deploy efforts to facilitate access to vaccination to “people most remote from the health system and in a situation of economic and social precariousness”.

The HAS believes that it is absolutely necessary to mobilize city medicine and strongly mobilize all health professionals, whether doctors, nurses, but also pharmacists and midwives.

The HAS published a press release in which the vaccination campaign envisaged in France against Covid-19 is detailed. User associations, professional unions, order councils as well as healthcare establishments and companies are invited to respond to a major consultation until November 30.

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Azirou Anaïs

Editor-in-chief So Healthy

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