Vaccination of 5-11 year olds: France is thinking about it, but "not before 2022"

While the European drug regulator on Thursday approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year olds, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran indicated that this vaccination would not begin before 2022 if it was implemented in France.

France is studying the possibility of vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 against Covid-19, but in any case, this will not take place before “early 2022”, Minister of Health Olivier Véran said on Thursday. of a press conference.

“This vaccination, if it were decided in France, would not begin before the beginning of the year 2022 since this requires receiving doses with dilutions of vaccines suitable for children,” said Olivier Véran.

The minister also announced to seize “the national consultative council of ethics, because there are ethical questions which arise in terms of collective protection, of individual protection with regard to the children” as well as “the High Authority of Health , so that it can look at, decipher in full transparency all the data available and determine in what framework, in what context we could or not open the vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years old. “

Pfizer vaccine approved by European regulator

The statement follows the decision made on Thursday by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to approve the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.

A group of experts “recommended to approve an extension of the application of the vaccine against the Covid-19 Comirnaty (the trade name of the vaccine, editor’s note) to include its use in children from 5 to 11 years old”, a- she explained in a press release.

The 27 EU countries have so far been allowed to vaccinate children over 12 years old with the Pfizer vaccine. Some countries outside the European continent have started to vaccinate 5-11 year olds, such as the United States, Canada or Israel.

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