France will begin to vaccinate minors between 5 and 11 years old against covid-19 as of Wednesday, “if all goes well,” the Health Minister announced on Saturday.
“If all goes well, on the 22nd (December) in the afternoon we will start vaccinating children in adapted centers” for minors, Olivier Véran told the France Inter station.
The French Ethics Committee (CCNE) gave its favorable opinion on the immunization of this age group on Friday and, according to the minister, the country’s high health authority will present its conclusions at the beginning of the week saying “surely, we can do it.”
Asked about the delay of the measure with respect to other countries, Véran said that “France is a country that doubts, more than other countries like Spain, for example.”
According to the government’s strategy, the interest in vaccinating minors is mainly collective. This vaccination should prevent children, who often have only mild symptoms of the disease, from becoming major vectors of the epidemic.
Véran also announced on Saturday that the third dose of the anticovid vaccine will be mandatory for health personnel and firefighters from January 30.
This initiative aims to prevent the multiplication of outbreaks of the omicron variant in hospitals, such as those that have been detected in the Paris region, the minister said.
According to health authorities, 76.2% of the French population is vaccinated.