28 September 2021,   23:23
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Israel to start vaccinating kids aged 5 - 11 who have severe background illnesses

The Health Ministry told Israel’s healthcare providers that they can administer coronavirus vaccines to children aged 5-11 who have serious background illnesses that could make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

In a document published by the ministry, it stressed that kids who can get the shot are only those who have a “high probability of serious illness and even death following infection with the new coronavirus”.

Authorizations for individual children must be granted by the healthcare provider and then be validated by the ministry. The ministry’s policy would be to minimize the number of authorizations and issue them only for those with the highest risk, it said.

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