Interviewed by BFMTV, the director general of health
Jerome Salomon on Sunday ruled out the hypothesis of vaccination of children under 12, for the moment, indicating that the priority was the vaccination of 12 years and over. Currently, vaccination is open from the age of 12.
“We are not at all with the vaccination of children, for many reasons: because we lack scientific data, then because studies are in progress” and “therefore we will adapt to the evolution of scientific knowledge, ”he said. The Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer had indicated, at the end of August, that this vaccination of the youngest was “not topical”.
No more serious cases in children and adolescents with the Delta variant
In the anti-sanitary pass demonstrations, the hypothesis of vaccination of the youngest is one of the main reasons for the anger of the participants, and “Do not touch my children” one of the most repeated slogans.
According to first data released Friday by US health authorities, the Delta variant does not cause more serious cases of Covid-19 in children and adolescents.
Pfizer in town
The director general of the DGS also indicated that the arrival of Pfizer vaccines in town doctors and pharmacies was “imminent”. For the moment, doctors and pharmacists mainly vaccinate with Janssen (single dose) and Moderna.
Jérôme Salomon assured that the Pfizer doses would arrive in these establishments in the coming days, and that orders had already been placed by caregivers. He also recalled that “you can get vaccinated by crossing the vaccines, there is no difference; someone who has had Pfizer can have Moderna ”.
The boss of the DGS was optimistic for the coming weeks: “we have a fourth wave which is developing favorably since we have reduced the number of cases by 20% in one week”, he reassured on BFMTV. In addition, the number of hospitalized patients fell slightly (below the 11,000 mark since Thursday), as did the number of people in intensive care.