The open discussion of the epidemic treatment team on behalf of the Ministry of Health, which will discuss the possibility of vaccinating children aged 5-11 in Israel, is expected to begin tomorrow (Thursday), in accordance with data received from Israel and around the world. The hearing will begin at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast live. Yesterday, the CDC approved the administration of the vaccines in the United States and gave the signal for the start of the vaccination campaign for children.
“Based on these decisions, they will have to make a quick decision in the Ministry of Health,” explains Dr. Erez Gerti, an immunologist at the Davidson Institute for Science Education. Change soon. “
The debate will begin tomorrow but it is not yet clear how exactly it will end. “It will be interesting to know what the decision of the Ministry of Health will be regarding vaccines for 5-11 year olds, ie whether there will be a recommendation or just a vaccination option,” notes Prof. Cyril Cohen, head of the Immunotherapy Laboratory, Bar-Ilan University. “We became aware of this situation last May when it came to vaccines for 12-15 year olds, and at first only the option to vaccinate was opened, but then, with the accumulation of information and the beginning of the 4th wave in the country, they switched to recommending the vaccine.”
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Prof. Itamar Grotto, former deputy director general of the Ministry of Health, estimates that the vaccination campaign is expected to begin soon. From the moment the vaccines are approved. “Logistically, once there is approval there is no reason to wait. Since these are dedicated doses for low-dose children, we have to wait for a special shipment that is expected to arrive from abroad. According to various reports, the question may come as early as next week. “
Do you understand the concern of parents who refuse to be vaccinated at this point?
“I can certainly understand the concern. It should be understood that the vaccine is not ‘candy’. There are always possible side effects. However, we are happy to see that the current vaccine is safe and that children are not likely to suffer significant side effects. It is important to understand that it is only a matter of time .
Prof. Grotto, would you store your children?
“If I had children of the relevant age I would store them, but believe that individual discretion should be left to the parents, the attending physicians and the children themselves some of whom have a more cohesive opinion on the issue than their parents.”
Ministry of Health response:
It is not yet known when the vaccination campaign will begin. First of all the IDF will have to submit its recommendation and then the director general of the ministry will have to make a decision whether to vaccinate. Only then will it be decided when the vaccination campaign will begin.