COVID-19 vaccines for children 5-11 years old. Israel is already vaccinating the youngest

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As emphasized by the Reuters agency, Israel decided to vaccinate children because in the last two weeks the “R” index, or the reproduction rate of the virus, which has remained below 1 in this country for two months, has started to increase and has now exceeded this threshold, which indicates that the virus can spread exponentially again.

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Israel. Half of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 occur in children under 11 years of age

The fact that half of the confirmed infections now occur among children 11 years of age and younger also spoke in favor of vaccination in this age group. Israel’s Ministry of Health estimates that one child in 3,500 infected with the coronavirus is likely to develop multiple systemic inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), which may involve the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, and gastrointestinal organs. Most children suffering from these conditions require intensive care, and 1-2 percent. dies.

A study by the Israeli Ministry of Health of more than 13,000 children found that about 11 percent. suffered from persistent symptoms, and approximately 1.8 to 4.6 percent, depending on age, still have symptoms six months after becoming ill.

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Israel. Parents with children line up in lines for vaccinations

The vaccination campaign for children began in Tel Aviv at the Meuhedet Healthcare clinic, where a group of several hundred parents lined up with their children to receive the preparation. The nationwide vaccination campaign is set to start on Tuesday.

Local authorities, several hundred children were vaccinated on Monday, while on Tuesday the preparation was reserved for 24,000 children, i.e. about 2.5 percent. qualifying in this age group.

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Vaccinating children against COVID-19. “We are very excited”

According to Salman Zarki, who is responsible for coordinating vaccination preparations for this age group, “the disease is mild in children, but there are cases where the disease may persist with long-term symptoms such as insomnia and muscle aches.” – In the USA, over 3 million children have already been vaccinated and we can see the effective results – said Zarka.

– Children go to school, mingle with other children and have a lot of social activities. We are very excited about getting them vaccinated and back to normal life, Reuters quotes Katy Bai Shalom, whose son and daughter have already been vaccinated.

– It is normal to hesitate to get your child vaccinated, it is not an easy decision […], but after looking at the data and reading information about millions of children vaccinated in the United States, we made the decision to vaccinate our children, said Heli Nave, another mother who came to the vaccination with her child.

There are 1.2 million children between the ages of 5 and 11 in Israel. The most recent public opinion poll on this issue indicated that 41 percent. parents of children under the age of 12 are determined to give their child the vaccine, 38 percent opposed, 21 percent. is undecided.

Since the start of the pandemic, Israel has seen 1.3 million infections and more than 8,000 deaths. According to the Ministry of Health, about 57 percent. Israel’s population is fully vaccinated, meaning that part of the population has received a third dose of the vaccine, or five months have not passed since receiving the second dose.

Author: zm (PAP)

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