France starts vaccinating children aged 12 to 17

France has started administering COVID-19 vaccines to children, as part of its drive to expand the number of people who are protected against the coronavirus disease.

From June 15, those aged between 12 and 17 have been able to get the shot, but under strict conditions. Vaccinations can only be given with the child’s consent, their parents’ oral and written consent, and if the jab takes place in the presence of the child’s parents.

Previously, the youngest age you could be in France to be eligible for a vaccine was 18, or 16 if the person had underlying conditions, or was in contact with a person vulnerable to the virus.

France has overcome the problems it suffered with a sluggish rollout of vaccines at the start of the year to become one of the first countries to offer jabs to children.

All youngsters receive a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which was approved by Europe’s drugs regulator last month for use in 12 to 15-year-olds.

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