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Health official warns: COVID hospitalization of kids is rising in South Africa, NY

Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health at the Health Ministry, addresses a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on November 28, 2021. (Noam Moskowitz/Knesset Spokesperson)
Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health at the Health Ministry, addresses a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on November 28, 2021. (Noam Moskowitz/Knesset Spokesperson)

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.

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