June 1, 2023

Covid-19: why it is still interesting to vaccinate children

DECRYPTION – Vaccination against Covid-19 is recommended for children aged 5 to 11 at risk of serious forms. But for the others, the wording is less clear.

It is an understatement to say that the vaccination of the youngest against Covid has not, at this stage, seduced the French. While Pfizer’s pediatric Comirnaty, equivalent to a third of an adult dose, has been authorized since December for 5-11 year olds, only 3% of 5-9 year olds have received at least one in two doses, according to Public Health France. The 10-11 year old bracket climbs to a low 10%. Nothing to do with the 85% recorded among 12-17 year olds.

It must be said that the tone of the authorities remained very measured on the subject last winter. The High Authority of Health and the French Society of Pediatrics have clearly recommended this vaccination to children aged 5 to 11 at risk of serious forms and to those living in the entourage of immunocompromised or vulnerable people. But for the others, the wording was less clear. The HAS experts wanted the vaccination to be “accessible”But no “due” neither “obligatory”.

A risk in children without comorbidities

This lackluster communication can be explained…

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