As decided by the Government Council on 10 December and following the advice of the High Council for Infectious Diseases (Conseil supérieur des maladies infectieuses – CSMI) on 29 November, vulnerable children aged between 5 and 11 years and those in regular contact with vulnerable people will be able to get vaccinated on a voluntary basis. The specific vulnerabilities of children are available for consultation (in French).
The recommended vaccination schedule consists of 2 doses given 4 weeks (28 days) apart. Children who turn 12 before receiving their 2nd dose can receive the same vaccine as adults (BioNTech/Pfizer).
Note that the dose for children aged between 5 and 11 years is lower (with an adapted dosage of 10 µg) than that recommended for children aged 12 years and over, i.e. 1/3 of the dose will be given to children.
Booking an appointment
Vulnerable children and children in regular contact with vulnerable people as defined by the High Council for Infectious Diseases can be registered via their physician or paediatrician from 14 December and will then receive an invitation by post. Vaccination can also be carried out directly by the physicians involved in the vaccination of children.
Further opening of vaccination for all children aged 5-11 years
In a second phase, vaccination for all children aged 5-11 will be opened after the publication of a study on the experience of childhood vaccination in the United States.
The Government will communicate further details once the results of the study are available.
Press release by the Ministry of State, the Ministry of Health an the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth