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A new stage in the vaccination campaign is reached with the opening of vaccination to minors aged between 12 and 17 years included from 15 June 2021. They will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, the two vaccines authorised to minors by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). However, the authorisation of a parent and the oral consent of the teenager during the injection are necessary. Service-Public.fr provides an update on the modalities for vaccination of adolescents.
Conditions for vaccination of 12-17 year olds
Vaccination of adolescents is done on a voluntary basis, both by the adolescent concerned and his parents.
For teenagers aged 12 to 15, only one parent or legal guardians agree. The parent(s) must agree by completing a certificate that can be downloaded from the Ministry of Health website .
Minors over the age of 16 may decide to be vaccinated alone, without parental permission.
On the day of vaccination, the young person under 18 years of age may come with one of his parents (or holders of parental authority).
If the minor comes alone, he or she must present the parental authorisation for the Covid-19 vaccination completed and signed by at least one of the two parents in order to be vaccinated, unless he or she is over 16 years old.
Health care professionals will be required to retain this certificate after the injection.
After receiving clear and age-appropriate information on the current state of knowledge about Covid-19 and the effectiveness of the vaccine, the minor must also give consent « oral » during the doctor's prior interview.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the first vaccine to be authorised for minors by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). On 24 July 2021, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued an authorisation for the Moderna vaccine the HAS delivered a favourable opinion on 28 July .
Warning : minors, even if they are over 16 years of age and have a vital card in their name, must present at the time of vaccination the vital card of one of their parents or a certificate of entitlement with the social security number of one of their parents. This will enable the healthcare professional to edit the summary and certified vaccination certificate using the Vaccin Covid tool.
FYI : Can we go to an appointment to get vaccinated during class hours? My parents don't want me vaccinated, but I want to. How? The Ministry of Health makes frequently asked questions on the vaccination of adolescents.
How do I make an appointment?
Vaccination of adolescents can be carried out in the vaccination centre of their choice (with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine) but also by a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse or within the services where they are monitored (with the Moderna vaccine).
You can make an appointment at a vaccination centre:
On the Internet: both appointments for both injections can be made on the site Health or online appointment sites, in the centre of your choice. Check the box « person 12 to 17 years ». The Health.fr website is accessible directly from the application AllAntiCovid .
- the green number 0800 009 110, open 7 days a week from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, which will direct you directly to the telephone platforms of the chosen vaccination centre;
- the vaccination centre near you, whose telephone number you will find on the site Santé.fr which offers a complete list of centres open in each department.
You can also make an appointment with your doctor or at the pharmacy.
Warning : vaccination is not recommended for adolescents aged 12 to 17 who have developed a « paediatric multisystemic inflammatory syndrome (PIMS) » following Sars-CoV-2 (Covid-19) infection due to a potential for severe inflammatory response. This is what the Vaccine Strategy Guidance Board recommends in a opinion of 11 may 2021 .
FYI : If the young person has already had Covid-19, he or she must wait at least 2 months after proof of contamination (positive RT-PCR test) before being vaccinated. He will then receive only one dose of vaccine that will act as a reminder.
The minor must present the positive result of the RT-PCR test to the health care professional who vaccinates him. It will be used as evidence to benefit from a single dose of vaccine and to certify that after this single injection, the vaccination cycle is complete.
To facilitate the vaccination of high school students, a vaccination offer can be offered in schools. Different modalities can be put in place:
- dedicated slots in vaccination centres located near establishments;
- vaccination in ephemeral centres near establishments;
- vaccination within institutions by dedicated teams usually involved in vaccination centres.
Document to keep after vaccination
After each injection, the adolescent will receive a vaccination summary and a vaccination certificate. The teenager will have to keep both documents because he or she will not be able to retrieve the certified vaccination certificate via the Health Insurance online service .
However, in case of loss, these documents may be requested at an appointment with a health professional or a pharmacy upon presentation of the social security number of the parent registered at the time of vaccination.