Coronavirus: Children’s vaccine panel recommends jab for ages 5-11

The Pandemic Response Team and the Vaccine Advisory Committee, both supporting the Ministry of Health in the fight against COVID, approved vaccination for children ages 5 to 11 on Wednesday night.

Some 73 experts out of 75 voted for approval and two voted against.

Last week a first meeting on the subject was held and broadcast live to present all the relevant data, but the ministry decided to hold the new session behind closed doors to protect the experts from the incitement that has been directed at many officials of the health and doctors who speak in favor of inoculation against COVID.

The Pfizer vaccine was licensed for this age group by the US Food and Drug Administration last week. Overall, according to a CNN report citing a White House source, about 900,000 children under the age of 12 have already received at least one injection.

Israel has more than 1.2 million citizens between the ages of 5 and 11.

Health worker prepares a Covid-19 vaccine at a Clalit temporary healthcare facility in Jerusalem, September 30, 2021. (Credit: YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH90)

So far, out of 9.3 million Israelis, some 6.25 million have received at least one injection, 5.48 two and four million have also received a booster.

Experts and health officials believe that the vaccination of the 5-11 cohort will offer a significant contribution to the fight against the pandemic.

It will still be a few days before the campaign can begin, as the vaccines must be delivered in the country.

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



Reference-www.jpost.com

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