A new stage in the vaccination campaign has been taken with the opening of vaccination to adolescents aged 12 to 17 inclusive from June 15, 2021. They will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the first vaccine authorized for minors by the European agency drugs (EMA). However, the authorization of both parents and the oral agreement of the adolescent during the injection are necessary. Service-Public.fr takes stock of the modalities of vaccination of adolescents.
Conditions for vaccination of 12-17 year olds
Vaccination of adolescents is done on a voluntary basis, both of the adolescent concerned and of his parents.
Both parents, or legal guardians, must give their consent by completing a downloadable certificate
on the website of the Ministry of Health.
On the day of the vaccination, a teenager under 18 can come accompanied by one of his parents (or holders of parental authority). This presence is recommended but not compulsory.
If the minor comes alone, he must imperatively present the parental authorization for the vaccination against Covid-19 completed and signed by both parents to be vaccinated.
Healthcare professionals must keep this certificate after the injection.
After having received clear information adapted to his age on the current state of knowledge about Covid-19 and the effectiveness of the vaccine, the minor must also give his consent « oral » during the preliminary interview carried out by the doctor.
For the moment, 12-17 year olds will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the first vaccine to be authorized for minors by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Attention : minors, even if they are over 16 years old and have a Vitale card in their name, must present the Vitale card of one of their parents during the vaccination or a certificate of entitlement with the social security number one of their parents. Thus, the healthcare professional will be able to edit the summary and the certified vaccination certificate from the Covid Vaccine tool.
To know : Can we go to an appointment to be vaccinated during school hours? My parents don’t want me to be vaccinated, although I want to. How to do ? The Ministry of Health provides frequently asked questions
on adolescent vaccination.
How to make an appointment at a vaccination center?
The vaccination of adolescents must be done in a vaccination center, and not in pharmacies as is the case for adults.
You can make an appointment:
On the Internet : the two appointments for the two injections can be made on the Santé.fr site
or on the online appointment booking sites, in the center of your choice. You will have to tick the box « person from 12 to 17 years old included ». The Santé.fr site is accessible directly from the TousAntiCovid application.
By telephone, calling :
- the toll-free number 0800 009 110 open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. which directs you directly to the telephone platforms of the chosen vaccination center;
- the vaccination center near you, the telephone numbers of which you will have found on the Santé.fr site, which offers a complete list of the centers open in each department.
Attention : vaccination is not recommended for adolescents 12 to 17 years of age who have developed « Pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (PIMS) » following infection with Sars-CoV-2 (Covid-19) due to a possible risk of a severe inflammatory response. This is what the Orientation Council of the Vaccine Strategy recommends in an opinion of May 11, 2021.
To know : If the teenager has already had Covid-19, he must wait at least 2 months after proof of his contamination (positive RT-PCR test) before being vaccinated. He will then receive only one dose of vaccine which will thus act as a booster.
The minor must present the positive result of the RT-PCR test to the healthcare professional who will vaccinate him. It will serve as proof to benefit from a single dose of vaccine and to certify that after this single injection, the vaccination cycle is complete.
Document to keep after vaccination
After each injection, the adolescent will receive a vaccination summary and a vaccination certificate. The teenager must absolutely keep these two documents because he will not be able to retrieve the certified vaccination certificate himself via the Health Insurance teleservice.
However, in the event of loss, these documents may be requested during an appointment with a health professional or in a pharmacy on presentation of the parent’s social security number registered during the vaccination.