vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years old approved by the High Authority of Health

At the heart of the fifth wave of Covid-19 in France and while the Omicron variant is already causing fear of a sixth after the end of the year holidays, the High Authority of Health (HAS) approved, Monday, December 20, the vaccination children aged 5 to 11.

“Because of its vaccine efficacy against the major variants currently circulating and its satisfactory tolerance profile, the HAS considers that Pfizer’s vaccine can be used from the age of 5 years”, underlined the health authority.

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After the favorable decision of the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE), made public on December 17, this is the second opinion that the government was waiting for to start the vaccination of all children, starting on Wednesday. ” if all goes well “, said the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, during an interview with the online media Brut, Saturday.

The government must, however, still await the opinion of the Orientation Council for the vaccination strategy, which must make “His conclusions [mercredi] December 22 in the morning, after having consulted the American data in real life based on the vaccination with recall of two million American children, which will make it possible to have all the information, to communicate it transparently, and to reassure “, explained Mr. Véran on France inter, on December 18.

For Jean Castex, “childhood vaccination is effective”

Since December 15, children at risk can already be vaccinated against Covid-19; approximately 360,000 children aged 5 to 11 at risk of developing a severe form and those living in the entourage of immunocompromised people are concerned.

Visiting a vaccine park in Le Mans and the hospital center of this city of Sarthe, on Saturday, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, defended the“Efficiency” child immunization in the face of the fifth wave and Omicron. Children must be vaccinated “Because they are contaminants”, he replied to a man who expressed his doubts to him.

“Childhood vaccination is effective in this regard”, said Mr. Castex, who nevertheless insisted on the fact that this vaccination would be proposed ” on a voluntary basis “, while a majority of parents are opposed, according to polls.

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The World with AFP