Israel To Start Immunizing Immunocompromised Children From 5 Years Old

By i24
Posted on 07/27/21 | News Source: i24

National health insurance funds can start vaccinations for high-risk group

The Israeli Health Ministry on Tuesday authorized the vaccination of immunocompromised children aged five to 11 against the coronavirus.

The ministry has informed the country's health insurance funds that they can start vaccinations for this high-risk group. 

Children in the age group will receive a lower dose of the vaccine at 10 micrograms instead of 30 micrograms.

Situations where a child could be eligible for the vaccine include severe obesity, neuro-developmental disorders, severe chronic lung disease, severe immunosuppression, cancer, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and those with sickle cell anemia.

A total of 2,112 cases of coronavirus were recorded in 24 hours out of 92,707 screening tests carried out, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The positivity rate stood at 2.30 percent, as the rise in severe cases accelerates, according to official figures.

A total of 138 patients were in serious condition — 14 additional cases in 24 hours — among them, 26 people were placed on artificial respirators.