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COVID-19: Israel Vaccinates Children As Young As Five to Avoid another Virus Wave’

Israel started rolling out COVID19 vaccines for children ages five to 11 on Monday, making it one of the few countries to vaccinate children at a young age to avoid another wave of the pandemic.

Over the summer, the Jewish state experienced an upsurge in coronavirus infections, fuelled by the Delta variant, and launched one of the earliest campaigns for booster shots.

As infections start to creep up again, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said the country is experiencing a “children’s wave” with about half of the recently confirmed cases among children below the age of 11, he wrote on Facebook.

Authorities had already started vaccinating people between the ages of 12 and 17 but decided to lower the age limit following the Pfizer studies and recommendations from a panel of Israeli scientists.