September 27, 2021
Starting October 1, pharmacists will be able to prescribe the flu vaccine to the general population and no longer to the elderly or at risk.
Starting October 1, pharmacists will be allowed to prescribe the flu vaccine to anyone who wants it. Last year, they could only prescribe it to people over the age of 50.
Pharmacists will now also be able to apply the third-party payment mechanism, which allows the patient to pay the healthcare provider only their share of the costs, to all target groups, including people at risk, healthcare workers and others. over 50 years old.
3.8 million doses of the flu vaccine will soon be shipped to pharmacies, 900,000 more than last year.
No shortage of vaccines
This measure, which shortens the travel of patients and increases vaccination coverage, will be evaluated by the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) after the influenza vaccination campaign and may be expanded based on the results.
Note that there should be no shortage of vaccines this year, according to the Belgian Pharmaceutical Association (APB). In fact, 3.8 million doses will soon be shipped to pharmacies, 900,000 more than last year.
Last year, demand for vaccines outstripped supply. Therefore, their availability was limited. Exceptionally, priority has been given to those most at risk.