Following suit of the US Food and Drugs Administration’s decision to vaccinate children, Israel will also soon be able to vaccinate 12-15-year-olds in the country, by the end of May.
According to local media reports, an expert panel from the ministry held discussions with senior Pfizer officials and decided unanimously to recommend giving the jab to kids aged 12 to 15. The official approval to launch the vaccination campaign is set to be given in the next 10 days. The ministry is said to be waiting for the final results of a clinical study for the vaccine and any related side effects.
It has also been reported that Director-General Chezy Levy was holding meetings and consultations with relevant professional bodies, representatives of health management organizations, and pediatric doctor associations to prepare for the expansion of the ongoing national vaccination drive to include those aged 12-15. The ministry’s epidemic treatment team “will hold discussions on the matter, addressing the issue of efficacy and safety, and will submit their recommendation to the Health Ministry,” the statement said.
As it stands, Israel has already purchased millions of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in preparation for inoculating children, as well as to cover any future booster shots that may be needed.