Israel approves coronavirus vaccines for younger children

Israel has approved giving the COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of 5 and 11

JERUSALEM — Israel on Sunday approved giving the COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of 5 and 11.

Israel was one of the first countries in the world to carry out a broad vaccination campaign in its adult and adolescent population early this year, and it became the first country to carry out a widespread booster campaign over the summer.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said its director general, Dr. Nachman Ash, accepted a recommendation from expert advisers to inoculate children with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. It said a majority of advisers believed the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risks.

The ministry said it would announce a date for beginning the campaign in the coming days. Israeli media said the vaccinations of a child-sized dose of the vaccine were expected to start next week.

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