Israel has ordered another 6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine in anticipation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the shot for children ages 5 to 11.
The shipment should arrive in January, according to Israel's KAN broadcaster, which reported the news on Sunday.
The FDA is set this week to consider Pfizer's recommendation to approve its company's vaccine for emergency use in children ages 5 to 11. The approval is widely expected and Israel will likely begin a vaccine campaign for that age group with its current stock of injections.
In light of the approval, the Ministry of Health will most likely ban serological tests for children in that age range in order to encourage parents to vaccinate their children, according to a Channel 12 report.
Israel has widely used serological testing specifically for children up to 11 years old to determine whether they have COVID antibodies, which would grant them a Green Passport. The Green Passport enables the holder to freely access certain public venues without presenting a negative COVID test.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.