July 31, 2021

expected decisions on opening up to adolescents

“Vaccinated! ” It was with a simple tweet that Emmanuel Macron announced, Monday, May 31 at the end of the day, that he had been vaccinated. He did not specify which vaccine he had received. The head of state contracted Covid-19 in December 2020.

Like him, they are now all adults, without restrictions, who can be vaccinated since Monday morning. But already a new stage is emerging: the vaccination of adolescents. The High Authority for Health (HAS) is due to vote on the subject this week. According to Professor Alain Fischer, chairman of the vaccine strategy steering committee, 16-17 year olds will be the first on the list. For this age group, “We have all the authorizations possible, at least for the Pfizer vaccine. So I think it’s a matter of days ” before the decision is made, he estimated on LCI, Sunday, May 30 in the evening, adding that the vaccination of these young people could begin “At the very beginning of summer”.

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Visiting this Monday in a vaccination center in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (Val-de-Marne), accompanied by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, affirmed that the government would move forward on this topic this week, “After the defense council” which is held on Wednesday morning. However, the Prime Minister warned: this “Must not distract us from the objective of finding all our fellow citizens who remain the most vulnerable to the disease”, elderly or suffering from co-morbidities. ” This is essential “, and “That has always been France’s vaccination strategy: first the most vulnerable, and then everyone”, he insisted.

For now, minors who can be vaccinated against Covid-19 in France are those aged 16 to 18 with certain serious diseases (around 10,000 to 20,000 people according to the authorities) or close to immunocompromised people.

Achieve group immunity

On LCI, Sunday, Professor Fischer recalled the difficulties caused by the pandemic among young people, certainly less affected by the serious forms of Covid-19. “Some adolescents have suffered a lot from this confinement situation, from difficulties in their study or learning life. Especially those who are in the most difficult social conditions, explains the Chairman of the Vaccine Strategy Steering Committee. We have to get out of that, and one of the major components is vaccination. “ The more so as for the “Mr. Vaccine” of the government, this will make it possible to limit the transmission of the virus since“They will therefore participate in group immunity”.

Professor Fischer was also in favor of the vaccination of 12-15 year olds, for whom the European Medicines Agency gave the green light on Friday. “The question is when?, he added. And it is more a practical question of availability of doses and organization between the summer and the start of the school year. “ According to him, “We could imagine involving health professionals in schools”.

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Objective of 30 million vaccinated by mid-June

Besides vaccinating adolescents, Mr Castex said the government would move forward after the defense council on the subject “The organization of the vaccination campaign during the summer”, and on that “People who have had the virus have developed antibodies”, for which it is necessary “To know if we can or not, and under which sanitary conditions, dispense them from a second dose of vaccine”.

To date, 25.5 million adults have received a first dose. “The objective of 30 million mid-June is within our reach”, considered the Prime Minister, specifying that France, which received 12 million doses in April and 15 million in May, will receive 27 million in June.

This goal should even be reached on June 10, according to Doctolib, five days in advance. The appointment booking platform also estimates that half of the French population will have received at least a first dose of vaccine around June 21. On Monday, the group already counted nearly 10 million injections scheduled for the month of June, including 2.3 million appointments for a first dose, while all adults over 18 are now eligible for vaccination without condition of age or “Comorbidity”.

While looking forward to “The resumption of economic activities”, the prime minister called on the population to “Respect progressivity” deconfinement and “Do not let your guard down”. It is necessary “Continue to respect barrier gestures until further notice”, he repeated.

The World with AFP