Israel is seeing an alarming rise in the number of Covid cases among children and teenagers, and has started vaccinating 11th and 12th graders.
Since the beginning of the year, 51,218 cases were confirmed in patients under the age of 18 – an increase from the approximately 34,000 cases during the second wave of the virus and 93 times the number recorded during the first wave.
There are currently five children hospitalized in Israel in critical condition, more than in any other month since the start of the pandemic.
Since the beginning of January, 138 children have been hospitalized, nine of them in serious or critical condition.
Health officials say they are unable to explain the rise in cases in young patients, but think it may be attributed to the new variants of the virus now spreading quickly among the population.
Coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash said he believes the spread of the new variants is behind the worrying rise.
“Reports out of Britain indicate more cases among children and I think we may be seeing the same here,” he said, adding that he sees no other possible explanation.
Prof. Cyrille Cohen, head of the immunotherapy lab at Bar-Ilan University, agreed.
“The British variant is more contagious,” he said. “Now, with this variant increases the chances of children contracting the virus, but it is still just a hypothesis.”
Israeli on Saturday began vaccinating 11th and 12th graders, a move that was expected to contribute to a reduction in contagion.
My 15-year-old son contracted it a few weeks ago, and has thankfully recovered. But don’t tell haters like Linda Sarsour, who feel we should be vaccinating palestinian Arabs before our own children.
As many have already explained, we are under no obligation to provide vaccines to the palestinian Arabs in Gaza and the “West Bank.” I certainly won’t apologize for wanting my precious children vaccinated as soon as possible. I certainly would not want them to wait while we make sure those whose pastime has been murdering us are vaccinated first – especially when they have their own government(s) charged with looking after them. Heck, with all the money they have spent rewarding those who have been trying or succeeding to murder us, they could have bought enough vaccines by now.