The Israeli Ministry of Health announced in a statement on Wednesday that it has allowed the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to children and toddlers between the ages of six months and five years.
The announcement came after the ministry’s Director General Nachman Ash accepted a recommendation from an expert panel given last week to allow vaccination at these ages. All panel members agreed that the vaccine has a high safety profile, the ministry noted.
The ministry will update the availability of vaccines for children under five at Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) clinics across the country in the coming weeks, he added.
The vaccine is especially recommended for children most at risk from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions that impair the immune system, the ministry noted.
Israel lowered the minimum age of eligibility for vaccination from 12 to five in November 2021. Since then, 22.8 percent of about one million children aged five to 11 in Israel have been vaccinated, according to ministry data.
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