vaccination of 5-11 year olds from Wednesday “if all goes well”

Europe 1 with AFP
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10:54 a.m., December 18, 2021

Vaccination against Covid-19 will be open to children aged 5 to 11 from Wednesday “if all goes well”, Minister of Health Olivier Véran said on Saturday. “If all goes well, on the 22nd afternoon we start the vaccination of children in centers adapted for children”, he declared on France Inter.

The National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE) gave a favorable opinion on Friday for this age group which is not affected by the health pass or the future vaccination pass. This pass is required for ages 12 and over. “The High Authority for Health will make its conclusions at the very beginning of the week and will tell us, in all likelihood, that we can go there,” said the Minister.

“And the Steering Committee for the vaccine strategy of Prof. [Alain] Fischer will deliver his conclusions on the morning of December 22, after consulting real-life US data based on the booster vaccination of two million US children, which will allow us to have all the information, to communicate it transparently, and reassure, “added Olivier Véran.

“A safe start”

Asked about the delay compared to other countries which have already embarked on this vaccination of the youngest, the minister replied that “France is a country that doubts, more than certain countries like Spain for example”. “So I prefer a safe start, in transparency, and that these few days of latency before vaccinating the little ones, we can use them to vaccinate the children who are at risk of developing serious forms, which we are doing in our country. . Since the start of vaccination there are more than 20,000 children aged 5 to 11 who have already been vaccinated because they were at risk, “he recalled.

Vaccination of children is all the more controversial as severe forms of Covid are extremely rare in this age group, while vaccines can have cardiac side effects, which are also rare. According to the government’s strategy, the interest is essentially collective. This vaccination should prevent children, who often only show mild symptoms of Covid-19, from becoming the main vectors of the epidemic. According to the Directorate General of Health, 76.2% of the population is vaccinated in France.

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