the Ethics Committee “regrets” the speed of the decision

The National Ethics Committee (CCNE) has expressed its reservations about the extent of vaccination for adolescents. They will be able to be vaccinated from June 15.

The National Ethics Committee (CCNE) regretted Wednesday June 9 “that decisions“Concerning the vaccination of adolescents against Covid-19”were taken so quickly”, In a context of the decline of the epidemic.

«Is there an absolute urgency to start vaccination now, when several indicators are green and the start of the school year in September could mark the start of the campaign?“Asks the consultative body in the press release accompanying its opinion on the matter. The government announced on June 2 that young people between the ages of 12 and 18 could be vaccinated from June 15.

In its opinion, CCNE considers that if the individual benefit derived from vaccination is “limited for physical health“(Severe forms of infection being very rare in children under 18),”the consequences of the pandemic on the psychological and mental health of children, and especially adolescents, are profound and probably lasting“. He adds that he is “unlikely“Than the objective of collective immunity, which requires vaccination of 80% to 85% of the population,”can be achieved by vaccination of adults alone».

More “Is it ethical to make minors bear the responsibility, in terms of collective benefit, for the refusal of vaccination (or the difficulty of accessing it) of a part of the adult population?He asks himself. The committee also asks the question of “risk of stigma for adolescents who would not wish to use it“, And that of”break their confidence if the return to normal life“Promised in exchange for vaccination”was compromised by the arrival of new variantsOf the coronavirus.

“Specific pharmacovigilance monitoring”

He also recommends “specific pharmacovigilance monitoring“Side effects, in view of the low follow-up on”safety of these new vaccines in adolescents“. As for the issue of consent to the vaccine, if parental consent is required, “the public health code insists on the obligation to also take into account the consent of the minor», Recalls the CCNE.

In its opinion issued on June 3, the High Authority for Health (HAS) also highlights the issue of collective immunity and individual benefit “indirect“Of adolescents to be vaccinated, however advocating that the vaccination of adults be”sufficiently advancedBefore generalizing it to the youngest. Only Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine can currently be used in adolescents. Authorized in the European Union from the age of 16, he saw this authorization extended to 12-15 years by the European Medicines Agency on May 28. The European regulator also began on Tuesday to examine the request for authorization among 12-17 year olds for the Covid vaccine from the American biotech Moderna, for the moment reserved for over 18 years.

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