Covid-19: authorized screening and vaccination for occupational physicians

Covid-19: authorized screening and vaccination for occupational physicians
Covid-19: authorized screening and vaccination for occupational physicians

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HEALTH – The ordinance was adopted by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, December 2. The government announced that occupational physicians would be allowed to participate in screening and vaccination.

According to the text, “the occupational physician and, under his supervision, other health professionals from the occupational health services” may “prescribe and perform, under conditions and according to procedures specified by decree, tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2″.

Occupational health services are also authorized to participate in “state-defined vaccination” actions, without specifying the modalities at this stage.

Provisions applicable until April 16, 2021

The occupational physician can also “prescribe and, if necessary, renew a work stoppage in the event of infection or suspected infection with Covid-19”. It can also establish a medical certificate for vulnerable employees with a view to their placement in partial activity, in application of the health emergency law.

A decree must lay down the terms of application of these prescriptions and determine the exceptions or special conditions for employees subject to appropriate or regular monitoring or reinforced individual monitoring. All these provisions are applicable until April 16, 2021.

Possible postponement of medical visits

In addition, the medical examinations which must be carried out within companies within the framework of individual monitoring of the state of health may be postponed under conditions defined by decree of the Council of State, except when the occupational physician considers it essential to continue the visit, taking into account in particular the state of health of the worker or the characteristics of his workstation.

The postponement of this visit “does not preclude hiring or resuming work”, specifies the text. Postponed medical visits must be organized by the occupational health services within one year of the deadline.

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