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180 mayors and local leaders call on government to end schoolchildren quarantine

Illustrative: Israeli schoolchildren arrive for classes at a school in the West Bank settlement of Efrat on September 30, 2021. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
Illustrative: Israeli schoolchildren arrive for classes at a school in the West Bank settlement of Efrat on September 30, 2021. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

A letter signed by approximately 180 mayors and leaders of local councils across Israel calls on the government to end mandatory quarantine for unvaccinated schoolchildren who are exposed to a COVID-infected individual but test negative.

“Children are not in a high-risk group,” the letter reads. “Don’t leave the education system behind.”

Only approximately 24% of 5- to 11-year-olds have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, and just 12% have received two doses.

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