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This state approves the vaccination for children aged 5-11 years

This state approves the vaccination for children aged 5-11 years

Israel said Sunday that children aged five to 11 would qualify for vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and that the start date of the campaign would be made public within a few days.

The decision, announced by the Ministry of Health, followed approval by its panel of vaccine experts last week, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed the urgent use of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine for the age group at a dose of 10 micrograms.

The original injection given to those 12 years of age and older is 30 micrograms. Pfizer and BioNTech have said their vaccine showed 90.7% efficacy against coronavirus in a clinical trial of children aged five to 11 years.

In a statement, the ministry said the start date for children aged 5 to 11 to start receiving the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine will be set within a few days.

"Most of the experts in the commission were of the opinion that the benefit of vaccination of this age group outweighed any risk," the statement said.

Israel's 9.4 million population is relatively young, with about 1.2 million children in the 5-11 age group. Health officials have had doubts that the country could achieve "herd immunity" if those children are not vaccinated.

An opinion poll in Israel last week showed that 27% of parents would allow their children under the age of 12 to get the vaccine, with 33% against and 40% undecided.

Four million Israelis have received third-dose injections, which in August were approved for anyone who had the second Pfizer injection at least five months ago.

By adopting a "Living with COVID" strategy, the government kept schools and the economy wide open during a fourth wave of infections, while hoping to defeat the pandemic with booster vaccines, forced masking and a "Green Pass" system. "of digital certification.