French kids get vaccines and 'courage' awards

Around 80 children a day are getting their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Meaux, 31 miles east of Paris. It has been specifically adapted to its young audience by providing drawing equipment and books. A Pikachu mascot even strolls through the waiting room, and patients receive a certificate for bravery after getting a shot.

The head of the children's vaccination center, Dr Christian Allard, says "demand is evolving in an exponential way."

"We already have 520 appointments taken for the next three weeks, until the end of January," he said.

Children whose parents or guardians want them to be vaccinated are given a special version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which contains one third the dose of the regular version.

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