In Geneva, like other Swiss cantons, many pharmacies are out of stock of influenza vaccines. At the Geneva University Hospitals, the vaccination campaign has started. It concerns nursing staff and certain patients at risk.
11,000 doses for nursing staff at HUG
A simple and quick gesture. Since Monday, the nursing staff of HUG can be vaccinated against the flu. 11,000 doses are available to them for 6 weeks. Isabelle, health care assistant, gets vaccinated every year: “This year the motivation is even greater because of COVID-19. I vaccinate myself to protect myself, the patients and my loved ones,” she explains. .
1,500 employees vaccinated since Monday
Last year, nearly 50% of healthcare workers had vaccinated against the flu. This year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more of them are seeking vaccination. “We have already vaccinated, since Monday, 1500 employees. Which is almost double compared to other years”, analyzes Hervé Bieille, nurse of the health service of the staff of the HUG.
The flu vaccine, an additional barrier against COVID-19
At the HUG, the vaccination campaign also concerns the most fragile patients and their relatives. The flu vaccine is an additional barrier gesture in the fight against COVID-19. “The vaccine allows us to differentiate between COVID-19 and seasonal flu”, indicates Catherine Sacquart, nurse in the service of health of HUG staff.
No vaccine stock-out at HUG
In the primary medical service of the HUG, we also vaccinate without restriction of vaccine doses. Anyone without an attending physician can come here to be inoculated with the seasonal flu vaccine. Professor Humair puts the recent vaccine stockouts into perspective. “There is no urgency to vaccinate today or in October since the flu epidemic never comes before December. We vaccinate between mid-October and mid-December so that patients are protected “, reassures the assistant doctor of primary care of the HUG.
Health authorities advise the elderly and at risk to be vaccinated to avoid any complications.