JERUSALEM, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The Israel Pediatricians Association on Tuesday recommended to begin vaccinating all the children aged between 12 and 15 in the country against the COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health.
So far, Israel has vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine more than 5.33 million people, or 57.1 percent of the total population of nearly 9.33 million.
The vaccination campaign in Israel began on Dec. 20, 2020, and targeted in the first phase medical staff, people aged over 65, and chronic patients.
Since then, the vaccine eligibility age has been gradually lowered, and currently people aged 16 and over are eligible to receive the vaccine.
The pediatricians said that children have an increasing part in the spread of the virus, and a large number of children infected with the virus suffer from long-term symptoms, such as weakness, headaches and lower concentration.
Another reason they mentioned for vaccinating children is the significant psychosocial damage that may be caused to children due to closure of the national education system during the pandemic.