Covid19 – France to start offering vaccines to everyone between 12 and 18 from June 15
France will start offering Covid-19 vaccines to everyone between 12 and 18 on June 15, President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday. Covid vaccine supplies have increased sharply recently, prompting officials to open up appointments to all adults earlier this week, several weeks ahead of schedule.
Vaccine supplies have increased sharply recently, prompting officials to open up appointments to all adults earlier this week, several weeks ahead of schedule. With the country just beginning to bounce back from a severe third wave of infections, Macron’s government is keen to quickly expand the vaccine coverage to slow the spread of variants.
The country is emerging from its third nationwide lockdown, with restaurants and cafes now allowed to serve clients outside, and indoor dining scheduled to start June 9. Pressure on hospitals has eased, with the number of Covid patients in intensive care falling steadily in recent weeks, with 2,825 serious cases as of Tuesday, down from around 6,000 in April.
But Macron urged people to remain “extremely careful and vigilant” and said wearing face masks outdoors would still be required in several regions for the time being. The 43-year-old president, who caught Covid last December, announced Monday that he and his wife had also had the jab. Later Wednesday, Health Minister Olivier Veran said that the vaccination programme for teenagers would not be compulsory, but on a voluntary basis and with the agreement of parents.