“Go on vacation and stop the virus”: teens advocate vaccinations

Stéphane Mandard, Gilles Rough and Richard Shittley

Posted at 5:41 AM today, updated at 10:07 AM.

In Paris, Marseille and Lyon, we skipped school on Tuesday June 15th to receive our first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech. On that day, vaccinations for minors aged 12 and over were unveiled throughout France – a potential target of 3.5 million adolescents the government hopes to reach to achieve herd immunity.

Constance Neltner, 14, 6th grade high school student.e arrondissement of Paris “Dried up” to get there at the vaccinodrome, installed in the Parc des Expositions of Porte de Versailles, where cows from an agricultural exhibition or limousines from the Paris Motor Show usually pass. “But this is for a good reason, rushes to clear up Caroline, his mother. We are one of the pioneers! “

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Far from there, in Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhône), not far from Marseille, Tristan is proud of a lot: “I’m the first in my college to get vaccinated. ” A skateboarder’s shirt, glasses and long hair, at 13 he is also the youngest teenager he met on a Tuesday. Peace… Student at 4e, he is accompanied by his mother, Sandrine Savino, but he claims to have made a decision ” one “. “It is important for herd immunity to help return to the old life,” explains Tristan.

Constance Neltner, 14, and her mother, Caroline, in front of the Port de Versailles vaccination center.  At the entrance, the firefighter is counting candidates.

When we ask Constance why she insisted on being vaccinated from day one, she turns to her mother: “To go on vacation and stop the virus so that there is no fourth wave at the beginning of the school year. “

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Bianca Escoffier, 15, at 3e college 15e the arrondissement of Paris and the crop-top de rigueur also bracketed the patches to the patent to be stung on the hand by the firefighters who run the center of Porte de Versailles: “Super, very fast, it doesn’t feel anything, so I’m sure I don’t have Covid. “ “It is important that everyone plays the game in order to finish it once and for all,” is developed by her mother Victoria, who promises to return from the youngest, 11 years old, as soon as possible.

Vaccination of adolescents requires that they be accompanied by at least one parent (and not necessarily the mother), but also their consent. “If he didn’t agree, I wouldn’t push him,” – assures the mother of 16-year-old Alexander, a high school student at 15e area of ​​the capital. The person concerned is a serious student and a reasonable citizen: “It’s important to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of Covid. The sooner you do this, the better. “

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