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Covid-19: vaccination of 5-11 year olds struggling

Six weeks after its official start, on December 21, 2021, the vaccination campaign for young children in France seems to be at an impasse.

For the moment, only 4% of young French people, aged 5 to 11, have received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

However, the government continues to urge parents to take the plunge.

“Today, we encourage the vaccination of 5-11 year olds, after having had a real success in the vaccination of 12-17 year olds”, said also yesterday, Sunday February 6, Jean-Michel Blanquer on CNEWS.

“There was also a controversy in its time, but we are now among the first European countries to have vaccinated children in middle school and high school. We now have to achieve the same thing in primary school”, wants to believe the Minister of Education.

France, a bad student in Europe

Elsewhere in Europe, the vaccination of young children aged 5 to 11 is moreover better perceived than in France. For example, 52% of Spanish children received their first dose, compared to 28% in Italy and 16% in Germany.

But if French parents do not seem convinced by this vaccination campaign, some doctors do not adhere to it either, with a few nuances.

“I am not against the vaccination of children, I find that it is useless. In the context of covid-19, vaccination was to slow the circulation of the virus when they themselves are not in danger. However, we can clearly see that vaccination does not prevent the multiplication of the virus”, explained to CNEWS Daniel Scimeca, general practitioner in Alfortville (Val-de-Marne).

In this context, the future of young French people in the field of the anti-Covid vaccine still remains uncertain. But if they are generally spared the virus, this is not an absolute rule either.

Today, according to the latest available data, just over 600 children under the age of 10 are thus hospitalized due to Covid, including 106 in intensive care.

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