Parents will now have to agree on the vaccination of their children. The agreement of both parents – and no longer just one – will now be necessary to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 against Covid-19, the Ministry of Health reported on Thursday, January 6. ” From now on (…) both parents have to agree to vaccinate children ”, said a representative of the ministry during a point with the press.
The ministry later told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that children aged 5 to 11 were the only ones concerned. For children aged 12 to 15, the consent of one parent is sufficient. Finally, adolescents aged 16 and over can be vaccinated without parental consent.
Concretely, only one parent can be present during the vaccination appointment of a child from 5 to 11 years old, but it must be provided with a certificate on the honor according to which the second parent agrees, specified the Ministry. According to him, this new provision follows a request from the Council of State.
The time between doses shortened
Vaccination was opened to all 5-11 year olds on December 22. As of January 4, some 67,000 children in this age group have received at least one injection. “This figure may still seem low, however it is increasing”, we estimate at the ministry, noting that, with a little more than 17,000 vaccinations, Wednesday was “The biggest day of the pediatric campaign” vaccination.
“The vaccination campaign for 5-11 year olds has been launched, it must continue calmly, the very latest figures suggest that we are entering a fairly good dynamic”, we commented from the same source. According to the ministry, more than 400 centers now offer vaccines for children, against a hundred at the time of opening to this age group. “The goal is to quickly expand this number of centers”, we explained from the same source.
Vaccination of 5-11 year olds is done with Pfizer’s vaccine, but adapted to this age (three times less dosed). France has received 1.9 million doses and will receive an additional 1 million in January, for a total of more than 6 million at the end of February.
In addition, the ministry changed the time between the first two injections of the vaccine for children. If the twenty-one day interval remains « optimal », it is now possible to make an appointment of eighteen to twenty-four days between the first and the second dose.