Israel Plans Vaccination Rollout for Children

A dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Yerushalayim. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The Ministry of Health’s discussion Monday night, led by CEO Prof. Nachman Ash, with the CEOs of the four kupot cholim (HMOs) in Israel joining him. Prof. Ash announced that pending FDA approval of the vaccine for children, the pediatric vaccination drive will start in a month, and HMO doctors will take active action to get parents to vaccinate their 5 to 11-year-old children.

The epidemiological team will meet next week, after the FDA has apparently approved the vaccine and will decide whether to recommend the childhood vaccine or to leave it to parents to decide. They will also discuss the issuance of green passes for children.

In a survey last week in which 680 parents participated, 48% of parents were eager to vaccinate their children, while 23% were against the vaccination. 29% are undecided. 60% of all parents made it clear that studies on vaccine safety and side effects will help them make a decision.

Of the people who stated that they would not vaccinate their children, 2% said that they are opposed to vaccines in general.