Israel says it will start vaccinating adolescents between age 12 and 15 against Coronavirus (COVID-19) next week, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Wednesday.
The vaccination campaignin Israel began on Dec. 20, 2020, with the first phase targeting medical staff, people aged over 65, and chronic patients.
Since then, the age of eligibility has been gradually lowered and people from 16-year and above are currently receiving the jab.
The decision to expand the age range was taken after the expertsappointed by the ministry warned about a probable link between the second dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle.
The ministry said that the vaccine was effective and safe, adding that the risks of COVID-19 complications were higher than those of the vaccine.