Effective Friday, December 17, 2021, the Nancy CHRU (Meurthe-et-Moselle) allows the vaccination of so-called “vulnerable” children, between the ages of 5 and 11. This concerns children who are at risk of contracting a severe form of Covid-19 and also those who live with a vulnerable adult.
At this new vaccination center in Nancy CHRU (Meurthe-et-Moselle), located at the Brabois Children’s Hospital, health professionals have created a new system to receive and vaccinate children aged 5 to 11, who are most vulnerable to the virus. Reception is by appointment from Friday 17 December 2021.
In France, a total of 360,000 children between the ages of five and eleven are affected by this system. After the green light from the health authorities, on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, the government extended the injections to young people with illnesses at risk of developing serious forms such as heart disease, Down syndrome, diabetes, obesity and severe asthma, among others, or living in the entourage of a person suffering from a deficiency immunity
Doctors advised us to vaccinate our son because we don’t know how he might react if he gets Covid-19
“Doctors advised us to vaccinate our son because it is not known how he would react if he contracted Covid-19. Everyone has their own profession, so we really trust the doctors who have been with us since the birth of our son.“, recognizes Oscar’s mother, who has a disability. She came to vaccinate her baby on Friday morning, as soon as the device was launched at Nancy CHRU.
These children all benefit from TROD, a rapid serological test, prior to vaccination. In fact, we only give one dose to children who have already been in contact with Covid-19, to avoid the rare side effects of a second dose on children who have already contracted the virus.Prof. Cyril Schweitzer, Head of the Pediatrics and Neonatology Unit at Nancy CHRU and Professor at the Medical School of Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle)
Here, at the Newborn Center in Nancy CHRU, children ages 5 to 11 who are in poor health or who live with a frail adult can receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. “Rooms are set up for the occasion, and children don’t go to emergencies or through other care services. They all benefit from a TROD, Rapid serological test before vaccination. In fact, we only give one dose to children who have already been in contact with Covid-19, to avoid the rare side effects of a second dose on children who have already contracted the virus.“Explains Professor Cyril Schweitzer, Head of the Pediatrics and Neonatology Unit at Nancy CHRU and Professor at the Nancy-et-Moselle School of Medicine.
Another novelty, at Nancy CHRU, the association Les Blouses Roses gives a small gift to every vaccinated child.
The dose given is suitable for children, it is more and less diluted. It’s Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine formula, three times lower doses. Vials, containing ten doses, have an orange cap to distinguish them from adult doses with a purple cap thus avoiding any errors.
In December 2021 in France, nearly two million doses were ordered for children and an additional million will be delivered in January. As for the injection schedule, no change from that imposed on adults, it takes two doses 21 days apart in most cases, one only if the child already has Covid-19.
By early January, the vaccination could be available to all children ages 5 to 11 without making it mandatory for now.