Covid-19: how the government wants to speed up the vaccination of children

DECRYPTION – The executive hopes to “boost” the campaign by authorizing more health actors to vaccinate 5-11 year olds.

“Vaccinating children is not a great success”, admits Alain Fischer, president of the Council of orientation of the vaccine strategy. While “recovery/epidemic continuation observed in mid-January” is “partly linked to a very active circulation of the virus in primary schools, kindergartens and nurseries”according to the Scientific Council, parents are still hesitant to have them vaccinated.

As of January 22, only 216,000 of the 5.7 million children aged 5 to 11 had received at least one dose, or 3.8%, according to the Ministry of Health. In this age group, they would be five times more to have been infected with Covid-19. In a joint press release, the Academies of Medicine and Science called on Tuesday to “don’t hesitate” to vaccinate children “to achieve good vaccination coverage as quickly as possible”.

979 children hospitalized

On the same day, the ministry announced new measures to “boost the campaign”: on the one hand, the authorization of one of the two parents is enough in the end…

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