Covid-19: vaccination of babies at risk is recommended according to the authorities

modified: 2022-12-20 13:19:02

For the first time in France, a vaccine against Covid-19 has been approved for babies. We tell you everything!

  Covid-19: vaccination of babies at risk is recommended according to the authorities

Covid-19 has haunted the whole world for several years now. The French government, like many other governments, has put in place a vaccination campaign. This is where the vaccine pass came into play. Indeed, in 2020/2021, the French had to Obtain a vaccination pass to access various places of daily life. And this, like restaurants, bars, and even some other public places. For the moment, only adults and children over the age of 12 had the right of access to the various vaccines against Covid-19. However, recently the High Health Authority has approved a vaccine for some children aged 6 months to 4 years. And this, under certain conditions. We'll explaine everything here !

HAS approves vaccination for babies against Covid-19

On December 19, 2022, the High Authority for Health (HAS) has issued an opinion. In this document, the HAS recommends vaccination against Covid-19. And this, for children aged 6 months to 4 years. However, this does not apply to all children. Vaccination is only recommended for children which present a risk of developing a serious form in the event of infection. Indeed, for some Covid-19 can take more serious forms. Children who are vulnerable, immunocompromised or who live with at-risk adults.

Since the opinion issued on December 19, it seems that the High Authority for Health (HAS) has approved the use of a vaccine against Covid-19 for children. In effect, HAS has given the green light. Thus, this Monday, December 19, the French health authorities recommended a vaccine against Covid-19 for children under 4 years old. And this, for the first time on French territory. It should then be noted that the vaccine that is recommended for children is that of Pfizer/BioNTech. In the press release, the High Authority for Health therefore recommended “ to extend today the vaccination against Covid-19 to children aged 6 months to 4 years old at risk of a serious form of the disease and death ».

The government should also approve

It should be noted that no vaccine had yet been approved for use in children on French territory. Thus, the approval of the HAS follows from a recommendation for a vaccine against Covid-19 for babies aged 6 months to 4 years. For now, the HAS opinion is still advisory . However, based on past decisions, the Ministry of Health is likely to follow this decision. Be aware, however, that the recommendation of the French health authorities remains one of the most difficult to obtain. However, knowing that the HAS has already approved its use , this facilitates government approval.

Many European countries have already approved the use of a Covid-19 vaccine for children. Indeed, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is recommended for babies 6 months to 4 years old. And this, since the European health authorities say the benefits outweigh the risks. Moderna's had also been approved. And this, for all babies from 6 months to 5 years old. In France, this recommendation is made only if the child is in a situation of risk for himself or for those around him.

Covid-19 vaccine: babies at risk

In the United States, the authorization for this vaccination has already been approved. Indeed, for several months, the United States recommends that children over 6 months old accept a vaccine against Covid-19. At present, France has not authorized all vaccinations. Indeed, for the moment, the French authorities remain only decided on the use of the vaccine. Pfizer/BioNTech. Plus, it turns out that not all babies are in a position to accept it. Indeed, this recommendation concerns only certain categories of children. France has authorized vaccination for children from 6 months to 4 years old who are at risk of serious complications . And this, whether for themselves or for the immediate family.

It should be noted that the HAS opinion concerns children at risk as much. But also children who live close to people at risk severe form of Covid-19. It should be emphasized that very few children in France have received a vaccine against Covid-19. And this, while vaccination for children under 12 has been open since the end of 2021. For the latter, it will then be necessary to question their health and the health of their loved ones.

Source : CNews