The Monegasque government is offering both seasonal flu jabs and a new Covid vaccine to residents, with the option of getting both at one time.
Monaco’s Department of Social Affairs and Health has put out reminders for residents, students and social security holders in the Principality that seasonal flu and the latest Covid vaccinations are now obtainable.
This year’s winter flu jab can be had with or without a prescription, with the option of having the inoculation given on site at the pharmacy or administered by a doctor or private nurse at the recipient’s convenience.
As the flu jab is only effective before the onset of the virus, it is highly recommended that those who would like the vaccine to go and get it as soon as possible. Furthermore, the government is “strongly” advocating the shot for vulnerable people, such as the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic health issues.
The flu vaccine is 100% covered for those insured in Monaco.
The latest Covid vaccine is also ready. This inoculation is “the new monovalent vaccine Comirnaty Omicron XBB.1.5 adult (12 years and over) from Pfizer/BioNTech, which is suitable for the variant in circulation and which requires only one dose, regardless of the patient’s vaccination history”.
Like with the flu jab, anyone residing, going to school or working in the Principality is eligible for the vaccine. Shots can be given by the Monegasque Screening Centre located at the Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG), a doctor or participating pharmacies.
The healthcare professional who gives the vaccination will ask that a medical questionnaire be filled out to verify that there are no contraindications. Children aged 12 to 17 must have the consent of legal guardians, while those in elderly care homes will be offered the vaccine on site.
People wishing to save a bit of time and effort can get both jabs at once. More information can be found here.
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