Israeli health officials said on Wednesday the children between the ages of five and eleven at high risk of serious health complications can be vaccinated against Covid-19 as of August 1. The health ministry of Israel gave the green light for the vaccination.
The spokesperson of the ministry told AFP on Wednesday that this was a special authorization and each vaccination will be studied on a case-by-case basis. Children with brain, heart, lung, or severe immunosuppression, sickle cell anemia, pulmonary hypertension, and severe obesity will be included in this list. They will get vaccinated first.
The vaccine dose of 0.1 milliliters of Pfizer/ BioNTech will be given. This dose is three times less than the standard vaccine measures. The health officials also extended vaccination for children aged 12 to 16 last month. Nearly 55% of the country’s population has been double vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech. With an agreement with the pharmaceutical giant, the massive campaign launch in late December last year made it possible. This rollout of jab made Israel among the world’s fastest delivering two doses of the vaccine. The cases also dropped dramatically which led to ease in many restrictions in the country.