Children get COVID-19 vaccine – level 3

29-11-2021 07:00

In Israel, more than a half of children over 12 years old and some younger children had the first part of the COVID-19 vaccine, with a few already receiving booster doses.

On Monday, Israel began to start the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-olds hoping to stop a recent rise in coronavirus infections. The children’s vaccine event began in a Tel Aviv square, where a small number of parents quietly waited with their children to get shots. Receiving their shots in front of TV cameras, some of the children smiled and laughed, while others cried and held on to their parents.

Israel’s 9.4 million population is relatively young, with around 1.2 million children in the 5 to 11 age group. By November, that group had more than a third of new coronavirus cases, according to health ministry data. Scientists and officials doubt that the country can reach herd immunity unless children are vaccinated.

Difficult words: booster dose (an extra shot of a vaccine to strengthen you against a disease), relatively (in comparison or proportion to something else), herd immunity (the situation when a large part of a community becomes immune or can fight a disease).

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