Vaccination of 5-11 year olds at risk of serious forms begins today in the region

As announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex on December 6, vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 at risk of serious forms of Covid-19 begins today in the region. This vaccination is open in vaccination centres, hospital pediatric departments and then in town medical practices according to specific procedures for this pediatric public.

Vaccination of 5-11 year olds: which children are concerned?

In accordance with the opinions of November 25 from the High Authority for Health (HAS) and December 6 from the Orientation Committee for Vaccine Strategy (COSV), vaccination is being extended this week to children aged 5-11 at risk of forms severe Covid-19.

The children concerned are 5-11 years old with comorbidities leading, in the event of infection, to a risk of serious forms of Covid-19 and death. The list of priority pathologies defined by the HAS and supplemented by the COSV is as follows:

  • Uncorrected congenital heart disease
  • Asthma for which there is a need for systemic corticosteroids, or requiring hospitalization or ALD
  • Chronic liver diseases
  • Chronic heart and respiratory diseases
  • Cancer being treated
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Severe neuromuscular disability
  • Neurological diseases
  • Primary or secondary immunodeficiency (HIV infection or drug-induced)
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hematological malignancies
  • sickle cell disease
  • Trisomy 21

Added to this list are children aged 5 to 11 living in the entourage of immunocompromised people.

Vaccination of 5-11 year olds: where, when and how?

The children aged 5 to 11 at risk of a serious form of Covid-19 can be vaccinated in Hauts-de-France from today in vaccination centers with a pediatric vaccination “line” (see the list here) or in hospital pediatric wards.

The list of vaccination centers offering this vaccination can also be consulted on (procedures for making appointments gradually put online by the centres). In vaccination centres, only general practitioners, pediatric doctors or nurses can vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 years. The child must be accompanied and written parental authorization from at least one of the two parents is required.

Vaccination by attending physicians or city pediatricians and nurses on medical prescription will be open from December 28. The order of pediatric doses for city doctors has been open since Monday, December 12, at the rate of 1 bottle of 10 doses per doctor. The order portal will then be open at the beginning of each week.

Vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years old is carried out with the Pfizer vaccine. It is administered with an adapted dosage of 10 µg, a pediatric dose 3 times lower than that used in children aged 12 and over, and in adults (30 µg).

The vaccination schedule, apart from exceptions, is as follows: 2 doses spaced at least 3 weeks apart. To date, 5-11 year olds are not affected by the booster dose, as are 12-17 year olds.


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