Israel starts vaccinating children aged 5-11

The country's HMO's began rolling out the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccinations for children on Monday (November 22) in several cities, but the campaign went nationwide on Tuesday (November 23).

A fourth wave of infections that hit Israel in June began subsiding in September. But over the past two weeks the "R", or reproduction rate of the virus, that had remained below one for two months began climbing and has now crossed the threshold indicating the virus could again be spreading exponentially.

Daily cases have also crept up over the past few days, with half the confirmed infections presently among children age 11 and younger.

Receiving their shots in front of television cameras, some of the children smiled and laughed, while others teared up and held on to their parents.

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