Jerusalem: Israel will start vaccination for children between the ages of 5 months and 5 years from April. This information was given by a senior health official. Vaccines are currently available for youth and children above 5 years of age in the country.
Dr. Asher Shalman, Director of International Relations at the Ministry of Health, said at a briefing abroad, “Vaccines are now available to all people aged 5 years and older in Israel. I believe that from April this year, it will take more than 6 months.” It can be given to children of age.
The Times of Israel reported that US drugmaker Pfizer is in the process of conducting clinical trials to reduce the approved age for its vaccine from 5 years to 6 months.
Pfizer reported last month that an ongoing trial in children aged 6 months to 5 years raised no safety concerns and that the vaccine would provide a favorable protection.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the Pfizer vaccine is highly protective against PIMS. The report said the vaccine is 91 percent effective in preventing PIMS at 12-18 years of age, a figure based on a comparison of non-vaccinated adolescents.
Davydovich said parents should not relax safeguards against Omicron because it is known to cause milder disease than previous variants.
first published:Jan. 16, 2022, 8:51 p.m.