Health Ministry chief says he hopes to start vaccinating kids over 12 in ‘May-June’

Health Ministry Director-General Chezy Levy tells reporters he estimates Israel will begin vaccinating children 12 and up against the coronavirus “around May-June.”

He says the decision will depend on clinical trials being conducted by vaccine-makers, which he hopes “will be over around the end of spring, beginning of summer.”

Chezy Levy, the director-general of the Health Ministry, at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Herzliya on December 20, 2020. (Flash90)

He adds that there is no plan to cancel the mask requirement in public, as “even vaccinated individuals can be a source of coronavirus that will pass to those around him if they are maskless or unvaccinated, and certainly our children up to 16 who are not vaccinated.”