CORONAVIRUS – Vaccination in order to fight Covid-19 will be extended to adolescents from mid-June, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday, June 2, being optimistic for the summer while calling on the French to remain “cautious” in the face of warning signs in the South-West.
Young people aged 12 to 18 will be able to be vaccinated from June 15, said the Head of State, during a trip to the Lot, welcoming the passage that more than 50% of French adults have already received a first dose of vaccine.
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran, guest of the 8:00 pm of TF1, specified that this vaccination “will in no case be compulsory”, will be “done on a voluntary basis and with the agreement of the parents”. But it will “participate in the collective immunity movement” also making it possible to limit the closures of establishments to the next school year.
Technically, “you can make an appointment from June 15, but also find time slots available (to get vaccinated, editor’s note) on June 15,” Véran assured at 8 PM. The product available for this age group will be that of Pfizer and will be administered in a vaccination center.
Several points remain to be clarified, however. In particular on the compulsory parental authorization. Asked whether a 17-year-old teenager might want to be vaccinated without the consent of his parents, the minister said that “all the details will be given to families in due course”.
“I had pre-entered the National Consultative Ethics Committee which is due to deliver its conclusions next Monday,” noted Véran on this specific aspect.
It will also “probably the authorization of both parents” for the vaccination of minors, he also argued, recalling that again CCNE’s opinion would guide decision-making.
Olivier Véran finally assured that the news would result in “no differences in access to school. In no case is it a question of denying any right whatsoever to any child in this country ”.
Children aged 12 and over will also be able to benefit from the health pass in order to move more easily in the European area if they are vaccinated, “by avoiding tests”.
On the vaccination of 12-15 year olds, the High Authority of Health (HAS) must give an opinion this Thursday and also express itself on the possibility of carrying out a serological test on the occasion of the appointment of the first injection of the vaccine for find out if a person has ever been infected with the coronavirus.
Olivier Véran stressed on TF1 that the vaccination centers will be equipped in June with “rapid serological tests to detect the presence of antibodies and in this case, a single dose will suffice”. According to him, between a fifth and a quarter of the population could already have had the Covid in asymptomatic form.
In total, since the start of the campaign in France, nearly 26.6 million people have received at least one vaccine injection (39.7% of the total population), of which 11.4 million people have received two doses (17.1% of the total population).
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