Israel to start vaccinating 12-15yrs against COVID-19

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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 campaign in 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 expand the age range was taken after the experts appointed by the ministry warned about a probable link between the second dose of Pfizer and myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle.

The ministry said the was effective and safe, adding the risks of COVID-19 were higher than those of the vaccine.

“The number of myocardial cases in Israel was found after observing young people aged between 16 and 19.

“Till date, more than 5.45 million people have received the Pfizer in Israel or 58.4 per cent of the total population,’’ the ministry said.