Israel this week launched its drive to vaccinate the nation’s children aged 5-11 against COVID-19 after receiving the first shipment of kid-sized doses from Pfizer.
Among the first to receive the jab was Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s 9-year-old son, David.
“Today we are starting the nationwide campaign to vaccinate children, first of all to safeguard our children. David was just vaccinated. This safeguards both children and parents, and the entire State of Israel,” said Bennett. “It works, it’s safe and I call on all Israeli parents to come and have their children vaccinated.”
Recent weeks have seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections among elementary school children. Israel Today staff have reported that several of their children were sent home into isolation and a return to distance learning after multiple classmates tested positive for the virus.
Bennett and his government firmly believe that the key to defeating what experts warn is a looming fifth wave of infections is to rapidly vaccinate the nation’s children.
Earlier polls indicated that a majority of Israelis are for vaccinating children against COVID-19, but that most would wait a month or two before submitting their kids to the needle. In other words, no one wants to go first.