Covid-19 vaccine: in Israel, vaccination extends to children aged 5 to 11 at risk

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In a document released on Tuesday July 27, Israel’s Minister of Health authorizes the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 from August 1.

From August 1, Israeli children aged 5 to 11 at risk will be able to get vaccinated. Health authorities announced the decision on Tuesday, July 27, to tackle the significant risk of serious illness or death in young children from Covid-19 infection.

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According to the ministry’s order, we are talking about a number of diseases: children with serious chronic lung diseases, severe immunosuppression, neurological development disorders, sickle cell anemia, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and severe obesity.

Special permission on an individual basis

However, a ministry spokesman told AFP that this is “a special permit and each vaccination will be examined on a case-by-case basis. […] Vaccination of (all) children aged 5 to 11 is not recommended at this stage. ”

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Doses for children will be three times less than the standard dose. In addition, they will receive only Pfizer serum.

Israel is currently one of the most developed countries, with about 55% of the population fully vaccinated. The authorities have already vaccinated young people between the ages of 12 and 16 in early June. Thus, this is a new step towards a fully vaccinated population.

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