Israel has started to vaccinate children between 5 and 11 years of age against Covid-19, the youngest age group that has not yet been approved for injections. Tens of thousands of immunizations are planned for adolescents in the next few days.
Health officials said “several hundred” On Monday, children between the ages of 5 and 11 were vaccinated because Quote The Times of Israel pointed out that another 24,000 people were booked on Tuesday, accounting for about 2.5% of eligible people in the youth group.
“This disease is very mild [in children], But in some cases, the disease persists with long-term symptoms, such as insomnia and muscle aches,” Israel’s Covid-19 Czar Salman Zarka told reporters and added “In addition to protecting children, the vaccine also provides a solution for normal and unquarantined lives. This will help parents return to normal.”
Health officials also emphasized that millions of children in the same age group have been vaccinated in the United States. “Effective results” To reassure parents and point out that the government will carry out the process “As simple as possible” Use mobile immunization sites.
Just a day before this move, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned that even though most of the global pandemic, young people have largely failed to show the worst of the virus. Symptoms, but Israel may see an epidemic that has a disproportionate impact on children.
Of the approximately 9.4 million people in Israel, 1.2 million children fall into the 5-11 age group. According to data from the Ministry of Health, as of this month, this group accounts for more than one-third of new Covid infections in the country. The ministry recommends that one in 3,500 children infected with Covid-19 will suffer from a disease called multi-system inflammatory syndrome, in which organs including the heart, lungs, kidneys and even the brain are inflamed and require intensive treatment. The disease is fatal in 1% to 2% of cases.
Nevertheless, some parents are still hesitant, Ministry of Health spokesperson Sharon Alroy-Preis recently estimated “About half” Of Israeli parents are currently opposed to vaccinating their children, but point out “Some of the population hasn’t decided yet and want more data, which makes sense.”
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