It is the second vaccine to be approved for this age group after the green light from Pfizer-BioNTech in mid-June.
“In the context of strong circulation of the Delta variant, the HAS validates the integration of the Moderna vaccine into the vaccination strategy”, writes the authority in a press release.
The HAS stressed that the Delta variant, which would be at least twice as contagious as the other variants, “leads to a significant increase in the number of new cases of Covid” and that “the number of hospitalizations and admissions in intensive care. have started to increase again in recent days ”.
The authority recommends that the vaccine be given “as a priority” to adolescents with serious underlying health problems or to those living with an immunocompromised person.
It should allow all children in this age group to have “a more normal social life and to maintain their access to education”, specifies the HAS.
Will the children need a health pass?
France will extend the requirement for a health passport (health pass) – which is proof of a person’s Covid status by vaccination or test certificates – to include bars, cafes, restaurants, long-distance transport services, etc. from August 9.
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However, children 12 to 17 years old will not need to use a health pass until September 30.
The health pass will not be compulsory to access schools.
However, fully vaccinated high school students will be allowed to stay in school if another student in their class tests positive for Covid, while unvaccinated students will need to be home schooled for the duration of their self-isolation period. , said the French Minister of Education. Jean-Michel Blanquer announced it yesterday (July 28).
Primary school face-to-face classes for all students will be canceled if a positive case of Covid is detected.
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