French Kids Line Up To Get Vaccine Shots As Omicron Spreads

Hugo Chappaz, 9, displays his vaccination diploma at the National Velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, west of Paris, France, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Schoolchildren clung nervously to their parents as they entered a vast vaccinodrome west of Paris, then walked proudly away with a "vaccination diploma" as France kicked off mass vaccinations of children age 5 to 11. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

(AP) — France’s health minister says omicron infections are rapidly spreading and the variant will become the dominant infection in the last days of 2021.

Olivier Veran ruled out additional restrictions on public life and said the government’s main effort to stop the spread of the virus is a robust vaccination campaign, including shots for children aged 5-11 that started on Wednesday.

The French government is trying to push through a law requiring vaccination to enter any restaurant and many other public places. At a “vaccinodrome” in a Paris suburb, children lined up for first-day jabs Wednesday wearing masks adorned with puppies, flowers or Marvel superheros. One 7-year-old was looking forward to ice cream after getting his shot.


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