vaccination of children from 5 years old “is a necessity”, says Castex

The opening of vaccination to all age groups is scheduled for early January 2022.

Prime Minister Jean Castex estimated that the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 against Covid-19 was “a necessity“, In an interview with France Bleu Alsace, AFP learned on Sunday 12 December. The Prime Minister also considered that the youngest “are transmittersOf the virus. “I am the living example, he continued. It was my 11 year old daughter who gave me the virus a few weeks ago».

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In an opinion published on December 6, the Orientation Council for the vaccination strategy considered that “the indications for vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 appear to be met“. It nevertheless conditioned its implementation on obtaining data “in real life” to assure “that the risk-benefit balance is favorable“, Which could occur after obtaining the American data,”possibly from the end of December».

According to a document from the Ministry of Health consulted by AFP shortly before the Health Defense Council on December 6, “opening of vaccination to all children“Of this age group is planned”early January 2022“. At the end of this Defense Council, Jean Castex declared that the government was considering opening the vaccination against Covid-19 “to all the children“From 5 to 11 years old,”on a voluntary basis, if possible by the end of the year».

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Since the beginning of December, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal have authorized the vaccination of 5-11 year olds.

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