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Persons aged 18 and over may be vaccinated by occupational physicians

Publié le 15 juin 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

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Workers' doctors and nurses have been able to vaccinate workers aged 55 and over with AstraZeneca vaccines since 25 February 2021 and Janssen since 19 April 2021. Since 17 May 2021, workers aged 18 to 54 can also be vaccinated in their workplace with the Moderna vaccine. Occupational health services are therefore part of the vaccination campaign. How's it going? Explanations with

A protocol of the Directorate General of Labour (DGT) specifying the modalities of their intervention was sent to the occupational health services. Like city doctors, workmen's doctors must approach the pharmacy of their choice to identify themselves and obtain doses of the AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccine, under the same quota system. Occupational doctors must respect the priority of the target audience and the ethical rules applicable to any act of vaccination (respect of the person's consent, medical confidentiality, etc.).

Every week, the vaccine ordering portal Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen is open to all doctors and nurses. Orders can be placed in the following ways on the Ministry of Health website .

The Administration and Public Service Branch (PSB) issued a Public Sector Frequently Asked Questions on February 26, 2021 on addressing the epidemic in the public sector.

Under what conditions?

  • The employer or the occupational health service shall inform all employees (including those in partial employment) of the possibility of being vaccinated by the company's occupational health service where this possibility exists.
  • Voluntary workers contact the health service. Generally, the occupational physician knows the employee's health. If this is not the case, it is advisable for the employee to bring the documents justifying his or her illness.
  • The occupational physician may contact employees identified as suffering from a targeted disease during a previous visit directly to propose vaccination. However, employees retain the absolute choice of whether or not to be vaccinated and, if so, the doctor to whom they are referring. Employees may prefer to contact their GP.
  • The employer cannot require an employee to be covered by this vaccination. It is not mandatory but recommended. It requires the prior informed consent of the volunteer worker to be vaccinated.
  • The doctor does not have the right to inform the employer of the vaccinated employees, nor of their acceptance or refusal of vaccination. No decision of incompetence can be made solely by the employee's refusal to be vaccinated.
  • Vaccination is preferably carried out on the premises of the occupational health service and not on settled premises within the companies.
  • At the end of the injection, you have to stay for about 15 minutes on site for safety.
  • The vaccination recall (2e dose) occurs between 9 and 12 weeks after 1re dose.
  • Vaccines are provided free of charge by the state. They do not cost the employer or the employee anything.


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