COVID-19: Israel to begin vaccinating 1.2 million children aged 5 to 11 against coronavirus | World News

Israel has announced that a campaign to vaccinate some 1.2 million children aged five to 11 will begin within days.

The decision to green light jabs for children in this age group was announced by the health ministry on Sunday, following an agreement by a panel of experts.

In a statement, the Israeli health ministry said a starting date for five to 11-year-olds to begin receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine would be set within days.

“The majority of experts on the committee were of the opinion that the benefit of vaccinating this age group outweighed any risk,” the statement said.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already granted the emergency use of the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine for the age group at a 10-microgram dose – a fraction of what if given to adults.

The dosage given to those aged 12 and older is 30 micrograms.

The company said their vaccine showed a 90.7% efficacy against coronavirus in a clinical trial of children between five and 11.

Sky News

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