Israel to vaccinate children aged 5 – 11 years to fend off another Covid19 wave
Israel began rolling out Covid19 vaccines for children aged 5 – 11, becoming one of a handful of countries to inoculate children so young as it seeks to fend off another wave.
Health officials said several hundred children were vaccinated Monday and that appointments for vaccinations starting on Tuesday had been booked for 24,000 children some 2.5% of those eligible in the age group.
Israel’s health ministry estimates that one in 3,500 children infected with coronavirus will later develop Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)in which parts of the body become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, and gastrointestinal organs. Most children who suffer from the condition require intensive care treatment and 1-2% die.
Officially, the Health Ministry has not set goals and timetables, but to professionals at the various meetings the goal is clear: Half a million children vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine by the end of December. It’s not yet clear whether that’s a realistic target.
More than 5.7 million of the country’s nine million people are now fully vaccinated.
The U.S. government’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says that when it comes to coronavirus vaccines, “Israel is where you wanted to be.”