Israel Pediatric Society supports vaccination of ages 12-15 against COVID

The Israel Pediatric Society and the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Ministry of Health have fully supported the vaccination of children between the ages of 12 and 15. In a position paper published Tuesday, the centers explained that not only was the Pfizer vaccine found to be 100% effective in preventing disease among this age cohort in the most recent Pfizer study, but it also showed an excellent safety profile. both in clinical studies and in large-scale distribution in Israel. The Pfizer vaccine has received more than 100 12-15 year olds in Israel who already had serious underlying medical conditions and caused no dangerous side effects. Pfizer appealed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval of its vaccine for vaccinated adolescents 12-15 last Friday. The approval is expected to be granted sometime next month, when Israeli health officials have said they want to start vaccinating this age cohort. The position paper does not indicate that vaccination of adolescents will be mandated, the head of the pediatric society, Dr. Zachi Grossman, told The Jerusalem Post. “We are not going to require vaccines,” he said. Grossman added that he does not expect there will be any long-term effects of administering the vaccine to young people.

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if (window.location.pathname.indexOf (“656089”)! = -1) {console.log (“hedva connatix”); document.getElementsByClassName (“divConnatix”)[0].style.display = “none”;} “With vaccines, we generally know that what we don’t see for the first four to six weeks, we don’t see if we wait five years,” he explained. emphasizes, however, that morbidity in children can lead to hospitalization. One in seven children hospitalized with the virus in Israel was in a moderate or severe condition, the newspaper explained, noting that seven children died. In addition, even those children who experience relatively mild cases of the virus may later develop pediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome transiently associated with COVID-19 (PIMS-TS), which is similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic shock syndrome. They can also develop long-lasting COVID, which is characterized by persistent symptoms even after recovery, such as shortness of breath and fatigue. “These numbers do not describe a healthy situation,” said Grossman. “Children have more mild cases than adults and we are happy with that. But there is quite significant morbidity among children, and we have to take that into account. According to pediatrics research, international studies indicate that one in seven or eight children diagnosed with COVID-19 experienced persistent symptoms. In other words, if about 300,000 children were diagnosed with the virus in Israel, more than 40,000 would likely still suffer in some capacity. Infection among children also leads to the closure of schools. Research presented by the Ministry of Education on Monday showed the negative impact of distance learning on the country’s children. The Pediatric Association’s paper also cited “significant psychological damage to children and adolescents” when schools are closed. Grossman noted that without vaccination, the country should look for other measures to prevent children from contracting and spreading coronavirus. Finally, the paper explained that “children – and even more teenagers – have a role to play in spreading the disease,” Especially among family members. Grossman told the Post that vaccinating children would help Israel achieve herd immunity. “The percentage of people who need to be recovered and vaccinated is not familiar with the coronavirus,” he said, noting that most medical professionals agree that between 70% and 80% of society should be vaccinated to prevent “At the moment we have more than five million vaccinated citizens and about 800,000 recovered from the 9 million Israelis. And remember, there are about a million Israelis over the age of 16 who have not yet been vaccinated,” Grossman said “If you want to get to the number of 6 million or 7 million, you should aim to vaccinate children.” There are about 800,000 children in Israel between the ages of 12 and 15, he said. and manages to vaccinate even 500,000 of them, “this is a big step forward.”

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