Vaccination against Covid-19 for children: “My friends told me that my parents were crazy to vaccinate me”, says Elina, 9 years old

More than three weeks after its start, the vaccination campaign for children aged 5 to 11 against Covid-19 continues at a very slow pace. Around 146,000 children received a first dose, or 2.5% of this age group. Among them are mainly children aged 10 and 11 years. In particular, they will be vaccinated at dedicated vaccination centers, such as the Edison center in Paris.

Before vaccinating, Dr. Adeline Fenières asks all the children if they have understood what vaccination against Covid-19 is and if they consent to it like 9-year-old Tony. “There is so much Corona that we decided to make the vaccine,” the boy replies to the doctor. Once the injection is done, he smiles: “It’s like a bee that stung me, but it’s fine.”

The Edison center in Paris is dedicated to vaccinating children against Covid-19 (AUDREY MORELLATO / FRANCE RADIO)

In his CM1 class, Tony is one of the few vaccinated. Ditto for 9-year-old Elina: “Me, it was Mom’s idea. I agreed with her, so I said yes because I wanted to be protected,” she says, holding her purple quilt in her arms. “But when I talked to my two friends, who both had Covid, they told me that my parents were crazy to make me vaccinate,” the little girl confesses, saddened.

Her mother Héloïse had to reassure her the following days: “We told ourselves that she must have been a bit anxious after these returns of her comrades…”, explains the mother. But the question divides parents. “My friends ask me if I’m sure. They are more worried about their son,” says Héloïse. The parents gathered in this vaccination center, if they are not necessarily activists, are in any case very pro-vaccines.

“It is a civic and united approach. Both children and adults can transmit the virus, so you could also participate in this collective effort.”

Many parents also hope that vaccination will allow their children to continue school more calmly than in the future, for example when they are contact cases: the next protocol exempts them from nose tests, which are never very pleasant.

Vaccination against Covid-19 for children: “My friends told me that my parents were crazy to vaccinate me”, says Elina, 9 years old


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