Kovid-19: Should your children be vaccinated before the start of the school year?

Although fears associated with the coronavirus epidemic appear to be disappearing from the minds of the French, some doctors are concerned about the extremely low rate of vaccinated children as the school year begins in September.

For weeks now, it has been difficult for most French people to remember that the Covid-19 remains relevant. Between the lifting of the last significant restrictions and the return of summer, the epidemic really seems to be more behind us than ever before. But several scientists are already anticipating a catastrophic backlash in the months ahead, especially in the weeks following the start of the school year in September.

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In this context, a figure is particularly worrying: the vaccination rate of children aged 5 to 11 years. “It’s true that we’ve been emphasizing for weeks the importance of maintaining high vaccine safety for the most vulnerable populations. But we talk very little about children,” notes Yves Buison, an epidemiologist. In a country like France, historically more cautious about vaccinations than its western neighbors, resulting in the lowest number of vaccinations among 5-11 year olds.

France is behind

According to the latest official data, only 5.2% of French children of this age are currently vaccinated. This is lower than in Great Britain (7%), Switzerland (8.4%); But above all, much less than Germany (22.2%), Belgium (33.3%), United States (35.5%), Italy (38.1%) … not to mention Spain or Canada, who have been able to vaccinate more than two children in one. Done.

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: \ Ud83c \ udff4 ?????? England: 7%
8 \ ud83c \ udde8 \ ud83c udd udded Switzerland: 8.4%
: \ Ud83c \ udde9 \ ud83c \ uddea Germany: 22.2%
জ \ ud83c \ udde7 \ ud83c \ uddea Belgium: 33.3%
8 \ ud83c \ uddfa \ ud83c \ uddf8 United States: 35.5%
8 \ ud83c \ uddee \ ud83c \ uddf9 Italy: 38.1%
8 \ ud83c \ uddf5 \ ud83c \ uddf9 Portugal: 48.4%
: \ Ud83c \ uddea \ ud83c \ uddf8 Spain: 54.5%
8 \ ud83c \ udde8 \ ud83c \ udde6 Canada: 56.5%

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“We should actually be more concerned about this,” underlined the president of the Covid Cell at the Academy of Medicine. “Because, indeed, we fear that from the beginning of the school year onwards, we will have to face, if not a new wave, the number of infections will increase in any case. With” You too can take the lead in vaccinating children. Especially since we know that the transmission of the virus through them often starts again, as in the flu, and that vaccine is only for the benefit of children. In any case, there is almost no problem. “

Like all the time

For the epidemiologist, “Vaccination is always interesting, especially in this age group of 5 to 11 years where no significant side effects have been observed compared to other vaccines.” Even if there is a huge gap in vaccination in France that could have a real impact on the combined immunity of the youngest, the rate of infection caused by Omicron is even higher.

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“More than 90% of this population should be vaccinated so that we no longer have to worry about infections among young people,” the professor estimates. Statistics that seem completely illusory today, but things that shouldn’t be blocked for everything. “It is true that the new forms that have taken hold mean that vaccines mainly avoid serious forms and are less effective in infecting. However, if a community is adequately vaccinated, the virus is much less likely to be transmitted than not. Not at all, not necessarily.”

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