While Covid19 restrictions have been eased in most parts of the world, large vaccination drives continue to be carried out to ward off any further waves of the virus. There has been a rise in Covid19 cases in Israel over the summer, and half of the patients to test positive for the virus in the last few weeks have been children under the age of 11.
In the wake of the current situation, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has confirmed that Israel is experiencing a ‘Children’s Wave’, for which children as young as five years old are being vaccinated. The vaccination drive was already being carried out for children aged 12 to 17, but the age was further lowered due to spike in cases among those under 11. The vaccine being administered is the Pfizer-BioNTech.
In 2020, Israel was among the first countries to receive vaccines for Covid19. The country provided Pfizer with data on the vaccine’s efficacy, for which it received access to millions of doses from the American multinational pharmaceutical corporation. As of November 2021, more than 5.7 million of Israel’s total population of nine million has been fully vaccinated.