August 3, 2021

of teens favor vaccination

By Stéphane Mandard, Gilles Rof and Richard Schittly

Posted today at 5:41 am

In Paris, Marseille and Lyon, we skipped school on Tuesday, June 15, to receive our first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech. The day marked, throughout France, the opening of vaccination to minors 12 years and over, a potential target of 3.5 million adolescents that the government hopes to reach to achieve the famous “collective immunity”.

Constance Neltner, 14, secondary school student in a 6e arrondissement, in Paris, has “Dried up” to get there at the vaccinodrome installed at the Parc des Expositions at Porte de Versailles, where the cows of the Agricultural Show or the limousines of the Paris Motor Show usually parade. ” But it’s for a good cause, hastens to clarify Caroline, his mother. We are one of the pioneers! “

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Far from there, in Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhône), near Marseille, Tristan is quite proud: “I am the first in my college to be vaccinated”. Skateboarder t-shirt, glasses and long hair, at 13, he is also the youngest of the teenagers met on Tuesday by The world. Student in 4e, he is accompanied by his mother, Sandrine Savino, but he claims to have made the decision ” alone “. “It is important for collective immunity, to help the return to life before”, recites Tristan.

Constance Neltner, 14, and her mother Caroline, in front of the vaccination center at Porte de Versailles.  At the entrance, a firefighter counts the candidates.

When we ask Constance why she insisted on getting the vaccine from day one, she turns to her mother: “To go on vacation and to stop the virus, that there is no fourth wave at the start of the school year”.

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Bianca Escofier, 15, in 3e in a college of 15e arrondissement of Paris and “crop top” of rigor, has also put in parentheses the revisions of the patent to go get stabbed in the arm by the firefighters who manage the center of the Porte de Versailles: “Super, very fast, nothing felt, so I’m sure I don’t have the Covid”. “It’s important that everyone plays the game to end it once and for all”, develops his mother, Victoria, who promises to return with the youngest, 11, as soon as possible.

Vaccination of teenagers, it will be understood, requires that they be accompanied by at least one parent (and not necessarily the mother) but also their consent. “If he hadn’t agreed, I wouldn’t have pushed him”, assures the mother of Alexandre, 16, a high school student in an establishment in the 15e district of the capital. The person concerned is a serious student and a reasoned citizen: “It is important to get vaccinated to prevent the Covid from spreading. The sooner we do it, the better “.

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