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While fears of a coronavirus epidemic appear to be fading in the spirit of the French, some doctors are not having the slightest problem of children being vaccinated in early September.
For several weeks now, it has become difficult for a majority of French caregivers in the spirit that has now remained Covid-19. Between the lifting of the last significant restrictions and the return of summer, the epidemic seems more effective than ever before. But several scientists are already fearing a virulent return of the stick in the coming months, and especially in the weeks following the return of September.
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From this perspective, one figure is particularly worrying: the rate of children vaccinated between the ages of 5 and 11. “It is true that in recent weeks there has been a lot of emphasis on the importance of maintaining high vaccine protection for the most vulnerable populations. But very little is said about children,” said Yves Buisson, an epidemiologist. In a country like France, which is historically more wary than its western neighbors of vaccination, this translates into one of the lowest immunization rates among 5-11 year olds.
France in the back of the pack
According to the latest official data, only 5.2% of French children in this age group could be vaccinated today. This is less than Great Britain (7%), Switzerland (8.4%); but especially much less than Germany (22.2%), Belgium (33.3%), the United States (35.5%), Italy (38.1%) … Not to mention Spain or Canada, which have managed to vaccinate more than one in two children.
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• ud83c uddeb ud83c uddf7France: 5.2%
• ud83c udff4 ?????? England: 7%
• Switzerland: 8.4%
• ud83c udde9 ud83c uddea Germany: 22.2%
• ud83c udde7 ud83c uddeaBelgique: 33.3%
• United States: 35.5%
• ud83c uddee ud83c uddf9Italy: 38.1%
• ud83c uddf5 ud83c uddf9Portugal: 48.4%
• ud83c uddea ud83c uddf8Spain: 54.5%
• Canada: 56.5%
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“He will have to provide additional information,” said Covid, chairman of the Académie de médecine. “Because, indeed, we can be afraid that from the next school year, we will have to face, if not a new wave, in any case a rise in the number of cases of infection. Yves Buisson said: flu, and that vaccination in children has only one benefit, and that it has almost no harm.
It’s always a catch
According to the epidemiologist, “it is always interesting to increase vaccination, especially in this age group between 5 and 11 years where there has been no significant side effect compared to other vaccines.” Even in France, a huge delay in filling vaccination has a real impact on the collective immunity of young people, even more so with the high transmission rate caused by Omicron.
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“In order to stop worrying about transmission among the youngest, it would be necessary to have more than 90% vaccination among this population,” said the professor. Figures that seem totally illusory today, but which should not block things. “It is true that the new variants that have been introduced make vaccines mainly avoid serious forms and are less effective in transmission. Nevertheless, if a community is sufficiently vaccinated, the virus circulates much less than if it did is not necessarily at all ”.