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Senior health official says she opposes sanctioning parents who won’t vaccinate kids

Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health services at the Health Ministry, speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem, on June 23, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health services at the Health Ministry, speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem, on June 23, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A top Health Ministry official says Israel could make a decision on vaccinating kids between the ages of 5 and 11 in the coming weeks, assuming an advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration signs off on the move.

Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the ministry’s head of public health services, notes that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for kids of that age are different than the regular doses, and Israel still needs to receive them.

She also tells Channel 12 news that she opposes sanctions for parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids.

“I really believe every parent needs to make the best decision for themself and their child,” she says.

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