TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Israel on Tuesday started giving a coronavirus vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 years old.
The country has recently emerged from the fourth wave of COVID, and the daily infection rate has been relatively low over the past few weeks. But statistics from the Ministry of Health show that the majority of new infections are in children and adolescents.
Children between the ages of five and 11 make up nearly half of all active cases. Officials hope the new vaccination campaign will help reduce numbers and possibly prevent a new wave.
Israeli media reported that the demand for the vaccine was low on the first day it was available for this age group.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett accompanied his son David, 9, on Tuesday to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated.
Bennett held his son’s hand as he received the footage. David Bennett said he was a bit scared but the shot was not injured. The prime minister urged all eligible children to get vaccinated: “It protects our children and also the parents,” he said.
Israel, which has a population of more than 9 million, has had more than 1.3 million infections since the start of the pandemic and more than 8,100 deaths.