Vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 should be generalized, on a voluntary basis, to all others in the days or weeks to come, depending on the opinion to be issued by the Haute Autorité de santé.
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In a context of the outbreak of the epidemic in France, with an incidence rate which explodes among 5-11 year olds, the vaccination of children “at risk”, likely to develop serious forms of Covid-19, opens Wednesday, December 15. It should be generalized, on a voluntary basis, to all the others in the days or weeks to come, depending on the opinion that will be issued by the High Authority for Health. Franceinfo takes stock of this vaccination in three questions.
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Who are the children affected?
These are children suffering from chronic hepatic diseases, chronic heart and respiratory diseases, neurological diseases, obesity, diabetes, primary immunodeficiency or suffering from trisomy 21.
In all, there are 360,000 children at risk of developing a severe form of the disease and living in the entourage of immunocompromised people.
How will this vaccination be organized?
Concretely, there will be different places of vaccination, explained Tuesday the Ministry of Health. In addition to the pediatric services of hospitals and several vaccination centers in each department, city doctors will also be able to order doses and vaccinate children, but from the end of December.
How many doses have been ordered?
Some 1.9 million child doses were ordered in December and a further million will be delivered in January. The vials delivered to the vaccination sites, which will contain ten doses, will have an orange cap to differentiate them from adult doses (with a purple cap) and to avoid any errors.
Possible since its authorization in the European Union on November 25, the vaccination of the youngest is carried out with a version three times less dosed of the Pfizer vaccine.