EU pushing for Coronavirus vaccinations for children

Why a coronavirus vaccination campaign for children would make sense

WTX EU News correspondent in France, explains how coronavirus vaccinations for children are being advocated by the vulnerable.

In the past few weeks, protective measures against the coronavirus have been significantly relaxed. But some of the EU countries are pushing for Coronavirus vaccinations for children

The so-called 2G rules are no longer applicable, and masks are still compulsory but in fewer and fewer places. This step was criticised by risk patients, patient advocates and hospitals.

They are pushing to further tighten the rules for children, to mandate vaccinations in fear of them spreading it to more vulnerable.

In France, some places are reluctant to allow children into their restaurants, and although this is not a policy it is being practised as an unspoken rule.

But it is not only high-risk patients who are threatened by the high number of cases and the relaxation of the rules over time it is also the parents of children. In Spain, hundreds of parents queued to have their children vaccinated at the Infanta Sofia hospital.

In Poland, over 100,000 children were signed up for a vaccination drive, so there is a real appetite for it.

Coronavirus vaccinations for children

Elementary school children in particular are currently frequently infected with the virus.

While most children do not become seriously ill from the coronavirus, they can unwittingly infect others at higher risk. And children now account for the majority of cases in Spain, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, one reason for this is that many five- to eleven-year-olds are not vaccinated. Many parents do without it, even though there is an approved vaccine.

Yet parents are so reluctant to be vaccinated and why vaccination can also better protect children, despite often mild infections.