Israel begins giving COVID injections to children aged 5 to 11
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Israeli child Liam Lev Tov, 6, in his mother’s arms, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from medical staff at Clalit Health Services in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Israel begins a coronavirus vaccination campaign for children from Age 5 to 11 (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Tel Aviv On Tuesday, Israel began administering the coronavirus vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 years.
The country recently emerged from a fourth wave of COVID, and daily infections have been relatively low in the past few weeks. But the Ministry of Health statistics show that a large proportion of the new infections were in children and adolescents.
Children 5 to 11 years of age make up nearly half of the active cases. Officials hope a new vaccination campaign will help reduce numbers and possibly avert a new wave.
Israeli media reported that the footage was in low demand on the first day it was available for this age group. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is expected to accompany his son, David, 9, later Tuesday for an injection in a bid to encourage parents to vaccinate their children.
Israel, with 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.
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