Following a recommendation yesterday by the FDA to approve the Corona vaccine for children aged 5-11, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett decided to convene a discussion last night on vaccinating children of this age in Israel, with the participation of Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz and professionals in his office.
In response to the FDA decision, Dr. Erez Barenboim, director general of Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital, said yesterday that “the fact that the State of Israel is at the end of the fourth wave must not obscure the reality that the whole world is facing one of the most complex epidemics we know.” As long as we do not vaccinate the majority of the population, there is a high probability that we will face further waves of the corona virus.
“Israel must adopt the FDA’s decision as soon as possible, prepare a suitable stock of vaccines and embark on an information campaign in the coming days regarding the importance of vaccinating the child population. The parents’ concern is understandable, but the risk of non-vaccination outweighs it dozens of times over.”
Dr. Noy Cohen, Deputy Director of the Children’s Hospital at the hospital, also joined in and said to Maariv: “.
The chairman of the Association of State Physicians, Dr. Zeev Feldman, spoke yesterday with Gadi Ness from Radio North about the FDA decision. At the beginning of the conversation, Dr. Feldman said that “the vaccines have so far contributed to the takeover of the corona outbreak. “56% of the patients today are teenagers and children, and for these reasons there is room to vaccinate the children.”
He added: “We are not following the FDA’s decisions with our eyes closed. We are examining our data, and the Israeli experts will have their say on the matter.”
According to the FDA, vaccination in children at lower doses – about one-third of the usual dose in adult vaccines – shows a particularly high efficacy against 90.7% of symptomatic infection. The Ministry of Health emphasizes that coronary heart disease in children can lead to life-threatening Cubid and PIMS syndrome.
Mild side effects, which were observed in adults as a result of the vaccine (such as fever, pain, fatigue), appeared much less frequently in children. No child in this age group experienced myocarditis (myocarditis).
Meanwhile, Bennett and Horowitz yesterday agreed to lift the crowd of 5,000 attendees at open-air events, subject to the presentation of a green sign. The decision will take effect tomorrow.