Vaccinating young children against coronavirus is a civic duty

Once Israel approves the vaccination of children between the ages of 5 and 11 against the coronavirus, I fully intend to vaccinate my two daughters. My other three children, all over the age of 12, have already been vaccinated.

What can I say? I am a man of science who always trusts the experts.

Of course, there is a certain level of concern. It is completely reasonable to worry about putting unknown chemicals in your body, even more so when it comes to our children.

But if we have learned something from the last year and a half in the fight against this pandemic, it is to trust professionals.

We should not only thank the experts, but also thank them. They managed to create tools capable of fighting this plague practically on the fly.

In those early days of 2020, the virus seemed unbeatable when we were all locked in and no one believed we would get a vaccine anytime soon.

Now that we are presented with an additional tool in that arsenal, will the skeptics rise again?

We have seen very clearly what happens to those who think they are better than scientists. If we let those voices take over, the cycle will continue: more lockdowns, more damage to the economy, more infections, and sadly more deaths.

I am sure that there is not a single person who wants this sad reality to return.

Now, the responsibility passes to the common citizen. As we have worked to protect the elderly, we must do the same for our children.

We cannot escape the reality that the pandemic imposes on us. Most people live in the moment, unable to see how the consequences of our decisions can come back and bite us in the butt.

Skeptics will come and talk about how children who are infected with coronavirus do not develop serious symptoms and that there is no reason to inject them with chemicals, the long-term effects of which we do not know.

Even if they are correct, the most crucial element of vaccinating children is preventing them from becoming potential carriers of the virus. Even if the disease does not affect them too much, children are the most powerful spreaders of the virus, coming into contact with many more people than the average adult.

They become infected, most of the time asymptomatic, and transmit the virus to an elderly person who could end up seriously ill.

In addition, there are a significant number of children who become seriously ill and others who suffer from post-COVID symptoms.

The post-vaccination data for those 12 years of age and older speak for themselves. Israel now boasts one of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the world after it quickly chose to start offering the public the booster vaccine.

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Vaccinated with a third vaccine

A man receives his coronavirus booster vaccine at a pop-up clinic in Tel Aviv

(Photo: Reuters)

Anyone who continues to doubt the statistics should imagine for a second what would have happened if this initiative were not pushed forward.

Anti-vaccines continue to amuse themselves at the expense of the healthy majority of the country.

The FDA has already approved the vaccination of young children and the moment our Ministry of Health does the same, we must all do our duty and rush to the nearest vaccination center.

This is an opportunity to change public perception. Each person will stay within the limits of what they understand at a basic level and will not get into problems or issues that they have no idea about.

The experts have proven their worth time and time again. Every time we tried our luck, when not enough people were vaccinated, or when restrictions were not followed, we lost a lot.

If the experts agree, they probably know what they are doing. This has been the case in all phases of the pandemic.

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