Sumary of Israel greenlights vaccinations for 5-11 year olds:
- Israel gave the green light Sunday to start vaccinating children aged between five and 11 against Covid-19 using Pfizer/BioNTech jabs, following the example of the United States.
- Israel was one of the first countries to launch a vaccination campaign last year using the jabs thanks to a deal with Pfizer that gave it access to millions of doses in exchange for data on the vaccine’s efficacy.
- The authorities had already begun vaccinating minors 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.
- A campaign for a third, booster vaccine appeared key to driving down infections.
- According to the results of clinical trials using the Pfizer jab on children, the vaccine was shown to be 90.7 percent effective in preventing symptoms of the illness.
- “The majority of experts believe that the benefits of vaccinating children outweigh the risks,” the ministry said.