COVID: Israel To Hold Live Session On Children’s Vaccine As US Starts Striking

The Coronavirus Pandemic Response Team that has been advising the Ministry of Health on its health policies during the crisis will hold a public session on vaccination for children ages 5 to 11 on Thursday, a day after the cohort will begin to be inoculated in the United States.

Israelis will be able to watch the debate on various channels, including the ministry’s Facebook page, the ministry said. In recent days, authorities invited those who wish to speak during the session or ask a question to submit a request.

During the meeting, which will begin at 3 pm, 20 members of the public will have the opportunity to speak for three minutes each. The ministry pledged to select them to give voice to a plurality of opinions, including those who oppose vaccinating children.
The order of the speakers will be determined by lottery.

Regarding the questions submitted by the public, a facilitator will pose them in front of the panel.

In this illustration image taken on March 19, 2021, vials with Pfizer-BioNTech disease and Modern coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are seen (credit: REUTERS / DADO RUVIC / ILLUSTRATION / FILE PHOTO)

On Wednesday, the United States began inoculating its 28 million children in the relevant cohort, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Pfizer injection for widespread use. Last week, a panel of outside advisers from the Food and Drug Administration voted in favor.

However, only a limited number of the 15 million shots being distributed were available on Wednesday. They are expected to be more accessible in pediatric offices, children’s hospitals and pharmacies next week.

The Pandemic Response Team is not set up to make a decision during Thursday’s public session.

Even after inoculation is given the green light, as is widely expected, Israel will have to wait for the vaccine shipment to arrive in the country, which is supposed to happen in mid-November.

The Pfizer vaccine for children is slightly different from that for adults: it is given in doses of 10 mg instead of 30 mg and is kept in vials that are also different.

Israel is ready to begin its vaccination campaign as the country appears to have left the fourth wave of the disease behind.

As of Wednesday, the number of active cases was 7,388; at the peak of the wave in early September, they were over 80,000.

The number of critically ill patients dropped to 201, compared to 740 at the end of September.

663 new cases were identified on Tuesday, up from more than 2,500 a month earlier.

At the same time, children from 0 to 11 years old accounted for the majority of new carriers of the virus, 45% of those identified the previous week.

The hope of many health officials and experts is that with the 5-11 cohort, more than 1.2 million children, who are eligible for a jab, the country will be able to achieve strong group immunity and overall protection against the virus. .

Reuters contributed to this report.



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