The HAS considers that there is no need to systematically vaccinate people who have already had Covid. However, no particular adverse effects were noted after the vaccination of an already infected person. Vaccination therefore remains accessible to them.

This precision follows closely the recommendations of the HAS on November 30 for the future vaccination campaign against Covid-19. The HAS has issued another on the subject of the elderly in collective establishments other than EHPAD.

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No benefit to vaccinating people who are already infected

According to the High Authority, the “scientific finding” is “that to date the data do not allow us to know whether there is a benefit in vaccinating people who have already been infected with SARS-CoV-2”, the virus causing Covid-19 disease.

Consequently, HAS “considers at this stage that there is no need to systematically vaccinate people who have already developed a symptomatic form of Covid-19”, in an opinion which AFP learned of on December 19.

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No side effects

On the other hand, she notices the absence of “particular serious side effects” when a person who has had Covid-19 is vaccinated.

It therefore concludes that there is nothing to prevent such vaccination, if an infected person so wishes, “following a decision shared with the doctor”.

Phase 1 of vaccination

The HAS has also confirmed its recommendation to vaccinate as a priority the elderly dependent in EHPAD and elderly residents in collective establishments. It confirms that people with trisomy 21 are considered a priority for vaccination, as those with risk comorbidities.

HAS specifies that follow-up and rehabilitation care are not concerned in this phase 1 of the vaccination campaign. No more than pregnant women, people with disabilities accommodated in establishments, and not presenting comorbidity or high age increasing the risk of severe form of the disease.

The first vaccinations against Covid-19 will take place “from the last week of December”, but not before “the end of spring” for the non-priority population, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Wednesday.