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The objectives of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign are to reduce mortality and morbidity as well as to prevent the collapse of the healthcare sector.
This is what the National Ethics Commission (CNE) wrote in its assessment of 21 January, which has recently been made public.
As the government announced on Monday, based on the recommendations of the National Ethics Commission, people over 75 years of age as well as "particularly vulnerable" people in all age categories will be vaccinated as a priority in the second phase of vaccination. As the very elderly and vulnerable are particularly at risk of suffering complications after a coronavirus infection, vaccinating them as a priority would have a positive impact on the situation in hospitals, especially in intensive care, according to the CNE.
Some individuals from certain socio-professional categories are more in contact with other people because of the nature of their work, the Commission continues. This is particularly the case for teachers, the military, prison officers, and police officers. There have been requests for prioritisation from representatives of these categories. The CNE stresses here that prioritising these socio-professional categories would not contribute to the objectives of reducing mortality and morbidity and preventing the collapse of the healthcare sector.
Given the current scarcity of vaccines and the fact that over 100,000 people are to be vaccinated in phase 2, no specific socio-professional category should be vaccinated in this phase, according to the Commission.
The CNE adds that it is too early to consider a strategy for the third phase, but notes that with the exception of health and care professionals and staff, no specific socio-professional category should receive priority.
In addition, the National Ethics Commission recommended that the 800 or so people with physical or mental disabilities, who often find it difficult to wear a mask and comply with social distancing measures, be included in the first phase of vaccination. A suggestion which was ultimately accepted by the state council.