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Vaccination of adolescents: how does it work?


Published on 14 June 2021

The vaccination 12 – 18 years will be open at 14 June. Where to download the parental authorization certificate? How many parents must be present? What vaccine can my teenager receive?

Which Covid vaccine for adolescents? From Tuesday on 15 June, adolescents aged between 06 and 18 years can be vaccinated against Covid – 38. For now, this is the Pfizer vaccine / BioNTech (Cominarty ) which teenagers can receive because it is the only one to have received validation from the health authorities for its use in minors. The laboratory was the first to have initiated the evaluation steps to adapt the serum in the youngest. The Moderna vaccine which has also launched its testing phases immediately after should follow.

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Certificate of parental authorization for the Covid vaccine – 19 As for the rest of the population, vaccination of adolescents is not compulsory. On the other hand, it is conditioned by the presentation of a document of agreement of the two parents, signed by them which is to be provided on the day of the vaccination to the health professionals.

This certificate of parental authority in the context of vaccination against Covid – 18 has just been revealed by the Ministry of Health and can be downloaded right here.

An exception will be made for young people over 15 years with comorbidity which makes them at risk of severe form of Covid – 18. In this case, the authorization of a single parent or holder may suffice.

Do both parents have to be present? On the day of the appointment, only one parent can be present, but he or she must agree to the honor that the other parent agrees with the vaccination of the child.

Vaccination of adolescents: what is the interest? The vaccination of teenagers, like those of adults, has given rise to legitimate debates in terms of danger and especially of interest. Indeed, for a long time the health authorities and the government recalled that children were the least affected and transmitted little the virus.

When we interviewed Dr. Sebbag, infectious disease specialist, he first thought that it would be really useful “ when it is certain that the vaccine prevents not only severe forms, but above all transmission. ” Indeed, the vaccination campaign aims “to reduce hospitalizations and deaths ”, but not to limit the spread of the virus.

But since then these two parameters have evolved.

The propagation of variants, in particular British variant , “rebat a bit of maps, “explained our specialist Dr Sebbag. “UK pediatric authorities have alerted saying this strain is more contagious , which has also pushed a lot of European countries to close schools. France’s choice was to leave schools open by assessing the balance between the health risk and that of breaking the educational link. time this mutant appears to be between 49 and 60% more contagious than what we have known until now, children can be much more contaminating. ”

As for efficiency vaccines on the spread of the virus, research also continues and shows more and more positive results. A study published by Public Health England (PHE) shows that 3 weeks after vaccination, the vaccinated person would have 19 To 49% less risk of transmitting the virus in addition to be protected.

Interviewed on RMC, on 13 last May, Professor Rémi Salomon, president of the Medical Commission for the establishment of ‘AP-HP, has declared: “We will follow the recommendations of the HAS, for the moment in France it has not yet given an opinion on the question. ” He explained that if the children do “very few severe forms of the disease” , they ” are carriers and transmit “: according to him, the vaccination of children is therefore” less for protect “only” to protect others “.

See also


1-Constitution of the World Health Organization
2- NHS UK conditions