It is not necessary to vaccinate people already infected with the coronavirus, even if nothing is against it if they wish: this is one of the details provided by the High Authority for Health Friday evening in a press release. This declaration follows the recommendations of the HAS on November 30 for the future vaccination campaign against Covid-19.
“The scientific finding is as follows: to date, the data do not allow us to know whether there is any benefit in vaccinating people who have already been infected with SARS-CoV-2“, indicates the high authority. On the other hand, the data available with an average follow-up of three months shows that there is no particular serious side effect when a person who has already had Covid-19 is vaccinated.“.
She therefore concludes that there is nothing to prevent such a vaccination, if an infected person wishes, “following a decision shared with the doctor“.
The HAS does not recommend performing serology to support the vaccination decision “because a serology does not allow proof of immunity to the virus“. But she considers it necessary that people contact a case.”get tested to confirm or rule out a Covid-19 infection before considering vaccination“.
Details on priority populations
In addition, the High Health Authority confirms its recommendation to prioritize the vaccination of dependent elderly people in nursing homes and elderly residents in collective establishments. It specifies that follow-up and rehabilitation care are not concerned in this phase 1 of the vaccination campaign, just like people with disabilities accommodated in establishments and not presenting any comorbidity or high age.
The authority also confirms that people with trisomy 21 are considered a priority “for vaccination in the same way as for other patients with risk comorbidities“.
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What action to take to protect pregnant women? HAS did not include pregnant women in populations to be vaccinated as a priority in its recommendations published on November 30 “due to the lack of data on this population – excluded from clinical trials“. In addition, the foreign national recommendations (especially English) identified at this stage”do not recommend vaccination during pregnancy“.
The first vaccinations against Covid-19 will take place “from the last week of December“, not before “late spring“for the non-priority population, announced Prime Minister Jean Castex last Wednesday.
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