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Health authorities recommend vaccinating only 5-11 year olds at risk


The High Authority of Health (HAS) recommended this Tuesday, November 30 anti-Covid 19 vaccination to 5-11 year olds at risk of developing a serious form of the disease, and is awaiting new information for a possible extension to all children .

HAS recommends the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for 5-11 year olds “Who present a risk of developing a severe form of the disease and of dying” as well as “Those living in the entourage of immunocompromised or vulnerable people not protected by vaccination”. The European regulator had approved the vaccine for every 5-11 years a few days earlier.

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“For the time being, vaccinating 5-11 year olds in France is not justified”

On Thursday, the European Medicines Agency, a European regulator, authorized the administration to children aged 5 to 11 of Pfizer’s anti-Covid-19 vaccine, the first serum to be approved in Europe for this age group.

Outside the European continent, it has already been authorized for children in this age group in a small number of countries, including the United States, Israel and Canada.

360,000 children affected

On Tuesday, the High Authority for Health (HAS) issued a first opinion on the subject: it recommends vaccination in 5-11 year olds for “All those who present a risk of developing a severe form of the disease and of dying and for those living in the entourage of immunocompromised or vulnerable people not protected by vaccination”.

Pfizer assures its anti-Covid vaccine is “safe” and “well tolerated” by children aged 5 to 11

These include children suffering from chronic hepatic diseases, chronic heart and respiratory diseases, neurological diseases, obesity, diabetes, primary immunodeficiency or even with Down’s syndrome.

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This concerns a total of just over 360,000 children in France, she explains.

For others, she “Will decide later on the relevance of expanding this vaccination after hearing the stakeholders”.

Incidence rate on the rise at school

“These hearings will aim to shed light on the individual benefit / risk ratio of the vaccination of children for whom the risk of occurrence of a severe form or of death is low in relation to the possible risk of occurrence of rare adverse effects”, she adds.

In recent weeks, the Covid-19 epidemic has experienced a very rapid recovery, with a sharply increasing incidence rate in all age groups, including children.

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As a result of the vaccination of children aged 12 to 17, the 6 to 11 age group is now the one, among school children, which has the highest incidence rate, recalls the HAS.

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In addition to the HAS, the government seized the National Ethics Committee (CCNE) to decide on the advisability of vaccinating children. In any case, if it were decided, this vaccination would not start in France before the beginning of the year 2022, recently indicated the Minister of Health.



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