Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Life

Israel vaccinates children as young as 5 to combat 'children's wave'

Israel vaccinates children as young as 5 to combat 'children's wave'
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said Isarel is experiencing a 'children's wave' with about half of the recently confirmed cases among children below the age of 11 - Copyright AFP Christof STACHE
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said Isarel is experiencing a 'children's wave' with about half of the recently confirmed cases among children below the age of 11 - Copyright AFP Christof STACHE

Israel began rolling out Covid-19 vaccines for children aged five to 11 on Monday, becoming one of a handful of countries to inoculate children so young as it seeks to ward off another pandemic wave.

Over the summer, the Jewish state experienced an upsurge in coronavirus infections, fuelled by the Delta variant, and launched one of the earliest campaigns for booster shots. 

As infections start to creep up again, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said the country is experiencing a “children’s wave” with about half of the recently confirmed cases among children below the age of 11, he wrote on Facebook. 

Authorities had already begun immunising those aged 12 to 17 but decided to lower the age threshold in the wake of trials by Pfizer and recommendations from a panel of Israeli scientists.

While the campaign for younger minors was set to officially start Tuesday, doses were already being administered by Monday night, an AFP team in Tel Aviv found. 

“Right now during the epidemic, the best tool to protect our children is vaccination,” said Heli Nave from outside a clinic giving the Pfizer-BioNTech jabs to children. 

She said “it is not an easy decision at all” but the availability of data from the United States — which started immunising five-to-11-year-olds earlier this month — had convinced her. 

The prime minister is scheduled to have his own youngest son vaccinated on Tuesday morning, his office announced. 

Israel was one of the first countries to launch vaccines against the coronavirus last year thanks to a deal with Pfizer that gave it access to millions of doses in exchange for data on the vaccine’s efficacy.

More than 5.7 million of the country’s nine million people are now fully vaccinated.

Written By

With 2,400 staff representing 100 different nationalities, AFP covers the world as a leading global news agency. AFP provides fast, comprehensive and verified coverage of the issues affecting our daily lives.

You may also like:

World

The whereabouts of James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, remained unknown Friday.

Tech & Science

According to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report, renewable electricity growth is accelerating faster than ever worldwide.

World

Russia is orchestrating a multi-front offensive involving up to 175,000 troops as soon as next year.

World

The parents of a 15-year-old who shot dead four students at a US high school have been arrested.