Ministry of Health will open panel on vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years old to the public

The Health Ministry announced Friday that it would open to the public its next panel discussion on COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, which will be broadcast live and will answer questions from a previously screened group of 20 people.

“The Israel Center for Disease Control [ICDC] decided to broadcast the debate live and invite the public, both to express their position to the committee members and to submit questions to the experts, as part of a transparent process on the subject, “the ministry said in a statement.

He added that the ICDC would not make its final recommendation on the vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 during the upcoming debate, which will take place on Thursday at 3 p.m., but would do so at a later date.

Those who wish to be included in the panel can Send a request that must include a sufficient reason for your participation. In total, 20 people from the audience will be selected at random, and each will be given three minutes during the debate, the ministry said.

The ministry also said that the public can Send Hearing related issues, some of which will be addressed by committee members.

Health Ministry officials have said Israel could give the green light to coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 starting in mid-November, following approval of the vaccines by US regulators. On Tuesday, an advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously with a abstention that the vaccine’s benefits to prevent COVID-19 in that age group outweigh any potential risks.

A health worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at a Clalit health care center in Jerusalem, on September 30, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)

In Israel, Undiluted Pfizer injections are already recommended for anyone 12 years and older, but pediatricians and many parents eagerly await the protection of younger children to stop extra-contagious Delta variant infections and to help to keep children out of quarantine and in school. .

Injections for children under 12 are expected to be one-third the adult dose.

Israel appears to be at the end of its fourth coronavirus wave, as new infections and severe cases have declined in recent weeks.

The Health Ministry said Friday that only 651 new coronavirus cases were confirmed the day before, with a positive test rate of 0.92%.

There were 9,354 active cases, including 325 hospitalized patients. Of them, 227 were in serious condition, 133 of them on respirators.

The total death toll from COVID in Israel since the start of the pandemic reached 8,081.

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