Israel Pediatric Society Supports Vaccination of Ages 12-15 Against COVID

YERUSHALAYIM -
A medical worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine injection, at a vaccination center in Yerushalayim. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Israel Pediatric Society and the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Health Ministry in a position paper Tuesday came out in full support of the vaccination of children between the ages of 12 and 15 which they say has been found to be 100% effective in preventing coronavirus in the most recent Pfizer trial. It also has been proven safe for use in clinical studies. At least 100 children with underlying medical conditions in Israel have already been vaccinated and did not suffer any side effects.

There is no reason to believe that the vaccination of this age group will be compulsory, the head of the pediatric society, Dr. Zachi Grossman, told The Jerusalem Post.

On the topic of side effects he added: “With vaccines, we generally know that what we don’t see in the first four to six weeks we don’t see even if we wait five years,” he explained.

The study pointed out that one in seven children who were hospitalized with coronavirus in Israel was in moderate or serious condition. In all, seven children have died.