Covid vaccinations in Israel: now it’s the turn of the children

Status: 11/23/2021 4:38 a.m.

Israel is trying to keep up its fast pace with vaccinations. As of today, children can also be vaccinated. But the measure is controversial and many parents are skeptical.

By Tim Assmann, ARD-Studio Tel Aviv

The girl looks frightened when spades in the upper arm. The mother sits next to it and tries to calm the daughter down. Israel’s largest health insurance company, Clalit, vaccinated the first children of its insured persons the day before the official start.

The country’s four statutory health insurances, which have their own medical staff, also organize this vaccination campaign and tried to take away the parents’ worries in many interviews beforehand.

Doron Droschnitzki, an expert in pediatric medicine at the Leumit health insurance company, told Kanal 12 that one should of course be afraid and doubtful. You have to General practitioners or paediatricians ask all questions, they will provide the necessary answers. Because, according to Droschnitzki: “The danger of a fifth wave is real, and that is why we have to be prepared.”

Protect the youngest

There are around 1.2 million children between the ages of 5 and 11 in Israel. In September, at the height of the fourth corona wave, when the new school year began, almost 60,000 of them tested positive for the virus.

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These are the numbers the experts lead when they try to convince skeptical parents, of whom there are many in the country. In surveys carried out over the past few weeks, only 40 to 50 percent of the parents questioned stated that they wanted their children to be vaccinated.

One who does not hesitate is Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. He announced a few days ago that he would have his nine-year-old son David vaccinated. Be it The parents’ decision, of course, “he admitted,” but I urge them: Think about the health of your children and have them vaccinated. “If you are the youngest son David, you will be” vaccinated as soon as possible. “

The experts try to explain

It is doubtful that appeals like this convince hesitant parents. A few weeks ago, a government advisory body made up of more than 70 experts voted by a large majority in favor of child vaccinations. The experts explained that the benefits of the vaccinations outweigh the possible risks.

That shouldn’t convince many parents. It is important to vaccinate the children as soon as possible, said Tami Elkalai from Maccabi health insurance in an interview with Kanal 12. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to control another wave. That is why, according to Elkalai, “the time has to be set early. We have also seen that with the booster vaccinations for adults.”

Continue the booster success

Israel started the booster vaccinations in the summer and, from the government’s point of view, they are largely responsible for breaking the fourth wave of corona. The overall vaccination rate is still below 70 percent. This is partly due to the young average population in Israel.

This is one of the reasons why the vaccinations of children are of particular importance. If very many in the 5-11 age group are vaccinated now, the country could move closer to the herd immunity goal. In view of the great skepticism of many parents, it doesn’t look like that at the moment.

Israel: start of child vaccinations

Tim Aßmann, ARD Tel Aviv, 22.11.2021 · 18:47


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