E.in the advisory body of the Israeli government has recommended vaccination of children from the age of five against the corona virus. Chairman Boaz Lev confirmed the decision made by a large majority in front of journalists on Wednesday evening. It has yet to be approved by the Ministry of Health. At the end of October, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency approval for the corona vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer for children between the ages of five and eleven.
Since the end of July, Israel has allowed five to eleven-year-olds to be vaccinated against the corona virus in extremely exceptional cases. The exceptions should apply to children who are particularly at risk of falling seriously ill or dying in the event of a corona infection, it said at the time. The Ministry of Health cited examples of extreme obesity, severe chronic lung diseases and heart problems.
A million children could be vaccinated
The group of up to nine year olds has had the highest proportion of registered new infections for months – followed by the 10 to 19 year olds. According to the ministry, both groups together make up around 30 percent of those infected.
However, the number of new corona infections in Israel has been falling significantly for two months: The Ministry of Health reported 458 cases on Wednesday for the previous day – at the beginning of September it was more than 11,000 on individual days.
Almost 62 percent of the 9.4 million inhabitants are vaccinated twice, 43 percent three times. According to media reports, around a million five to eleven year olds could receive the vaccination. In a study published at the end of October by the Israeli health insurance company Meuchedet, 48 percent of the parents questioned were convinced or assumed that they wanted to have their children given the vaccination.
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