The Health Ministry decision follows approval by U.S. health authorities earlier this month to OK the vaccine for the same age group.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said its director general, Dr. Nachman Ash, accepted a recommendation from expert advisers to inoculate children with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. It said a majority of advisers believed the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risks.
The ministry said it would announce a date for beginning the campaign in the coming days. Israeli media said the vaccinations of a child-sized dose of the vaccine were expected to start next week.
Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has named the number of vaccines needed to achieve the global immunization plan against Covid-19 by the end of the year. He stated this during a briefing.
"To reach WHO’s target of vaccinating 40% of the population of every country by the end of this year, we need an additional 550 million doses – about 10 days’ production," Ghebreyesus said.
According to him, COVAX has already shipped almost 500 million vaccines to 144 countries and territories.