Close to 80% of French children over 12 vaccinated for COVID-19: minister

Health ministry data show that 79% of 12 to 17 year-olds have received at least one dose

  
Alma Benavides receives his first dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) inside Mary's Center in Washington, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Alma Benavides receives his first dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) inside Mary's Center in Washington, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Tom Brenner

PARIS- Close to 80% of French children over 12 have now been vaccinated against COVID-19, French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told lawmakers on Tuesday.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Monday that from Dec. 15 children aged five to 11 who are overweight or who have a serious health condition will be also be offered access to vaccination, and that the government hopes to be able to offer vaccination to all children over five from Dec. 20. 

Health ministry data show that 79% of 12 to 17 year-olds have received at least one dose, while 76% have received two doses. For all age groups combined, the vaccination rate of eligible people is at 90% and 88% respectively.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq, Editing by William Maclean) ((geert.declercq@tr.com; +33 1 4949 5343;))


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