Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the Health Ministry’s director of public health, warns about rising rates overseas of hospitalizations of children with COVID.
Alroy-Preis tells a government hearing that in both South Africa and New York, “a significant rise in hospitalized children has been seen.”
Locally, she says, Israel is seeing a rise in COVID cases among 12- 15-year-olds. Almost 62% of all 12- to15-year-olds have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, but less than 3% have received a booster shot, though most are not six months past their second dose.
Among ages 5-11, more than 14% have received a first dose of the shot after becoming eligible last month.
Of the almost 12,000 active COVID cases in Israel, close to 5,300 are school-age children, and more than 40,000 school-age children are in quarantine due to COVID exposure.