Gedolei Yisrael: “Children Over 12 Should Be Vaccinated”

Prof. Ron Balicer and Dr. Itai Pesach speak to HaRav Chaim about vaccines for children. (Shuki Lehrer)

Dr. Meshulam Hart, the “doctor of Gedolei Yisrael,” published a letter on Tuesday in the name of the Gedolei Yisrael calling for children over 12 to be vaccinated.

“In light of the current fear of a renewed outbreak of the virus, especially among unvaccinated students and young teenagers, and after we presented the varying medical opinions about the issue to HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky and HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, they instructed the following to be publicized,” Dr. Hart wrote.

“Since this issue endangers others, and may even be a matter of pikuach nefesh, including those who are ill and the elderly, and especially since there is a real danger of bittul Torah and the closure of schools and yeshivos, chas v’chalilah, all male and female students from the age of 12 and up – who aren’t certain that they were already ill with COVID – should be vaccinated at the instruction of the doctors.”

“And they should be zocheh to good health, they and all their descendants should live, and those who heed the voice of chachamim will dwell securely and will never stumble.”

Dr. Hart added: “The text of this letter was shown to the Gedolim and they instructed that it be publicized.”

On Tuesday, as part of an effort to expand the vaccination campaign for young teens, Prof. Ron Balicer, head of the vaccination campaign in Israel and a senior adviser to the coronavirus cabinet, and Dr. Itai Pesach, director of the Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba, visited the home of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky. They explained all the medical parameters regarding vaccines for children, including possible side effects versus possible complications of COVID and the current spread of the highly infectious Delta variant in Israel. Prof. Balicer also presented the data compiled in the US, where over two million children aged 12-15 were vaccinated.

HaRav Chaim listened carefully to the medical opinions and health data and reiterated his instructions for all children over age 12 to be vaccinated.

Coronavirus cases in Israel are continuing to rise, with the majority of those diagnosed in the 12-15 age group. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday urged teens to be vaccinated, saying that “the new strain is affecting unvaccinated children and teens on an unprecedented scale.” Since Israel now has a supply of 800,000 vaccines that will expire on July 30, Bennett said that he is aiming for 30,000 teens to be vaccinated each day in a “race against time.”

Two more locales were designated red on Tuesday, with Kfar Saba and Tzofim joining Binyamina and Kochav Yair. Modiin is designated as orange and Tel Aviv, Hertzliya, Ramle and Pardas Chana are designated as yellow.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. How hard would it be to take a pen and sign his name?
    Did you read what it said in the article in hakikar?
    Look at what the MoH rep said to Rav Chaim
    הציג פרופ’ בליצר את הנתונים שנאספו בארצות הברית לאחר חיסונם של למעלה מ-2 מיליון ילדים מגיל 12-15, אשר הדגים את השיעור המדויק של תופעות הלוואי ואת העובדה שהן קלות, ומתוך האיזון בינן לבין סיכוני המחלה הכבדים הרבה יותר המליצו לחסן את בני גילאים אלה ללא סייג.
    The above is full of LIES

  2. May Hashem protect us all! I don’t know this doctor nor what he told the Gedolei HaDor, but as someone who hears what’s going on from people in E”Y, regular people, Hatzoloh members and (other, honest) doctors, the situation of people vaccinated there is absolutely horrible and scary. People are getting terrible reactions and nothing is being reported by any regular streamline media. At the end of the day, these so called ‘vaccines’ never were approved for ‘regular use’ (only under emergency uses), and were NEVER tested – people are the trial guinea pigs for these shots.
    Hashem should watch over all our brothers and sisters, and may R’ Chaim’s brachah hold true for all, amen

  3. For those of you who characterize Reb Chaim as gullible, unable to understand the facts presented by public health experts, allowing others to manipulate his opinions, sign his name to lies, etc., I’d be careful. Whatever your opinion on the efficacy and safety of the Pfizer vaccine (which accounts for virtually all the vaccinations in EY) the Rav seem totally able to understand and deal with these issues. Likewise, the suggestion that the entire Israeli public health establishment and media have conspired to suppress the truth about the tens of thousands of yidden suffering ill effects from the vaccination program are equally meshugah and preposterous.

  4. what horrible and scary thing is happening? my entire yeshiva (basically) my entire former yeshiva, and loads of friends of mine and rebbeim all took the vaccine and the worst symptom any of them experienced was being sick for a few days. so please, again, what’s the issue over here?

  5. Not opining about the covid vaccine but don’t assume that this is HGRC”K’s actual position. All it means is that there are 1.2 million pfizer vaccines that are about to expire and Yanky was offered a kickback for every vaccine given to the charedi tzibur.

  6. I don’t believe that the Rabbi said to take the vaccine. we don’t even know whats in the vaccine as a responsible adult you should not give the vaccine for children. If a parent gives vaccine to a child (covid vaccine) they are a rasha!
    the fact that some ppl who did take the vaccine and got terribly sick and some even died .
    I as a parent give vaccinate my children from when they are a half a year old and only 1 shot at a time. but those vaccines are around for decades and the side effects are minimal. my kids are not lab rats and therefore will not be receiving the vaccine

  7. To a simple yid, no one will publicize embarrassing side effects like infertility….
    Do you know how many women are bleeding for months from this poisonous jab?

  8. @gadol hador, I went to Bnei Brak on Tuesday to check out the facts. Rav Chaim Shlita is so weak that he cannot say anything other than Bracha vhatzlacha (BuHa)
    The people presented in the article actually did speak to Rav Chaim and tried to convince him… however he refused to answer them. This part has deliberately been omitted.
    I also had the opportunity to then meet Dr Hart. We met at his home. He is a wonderful person; kind, caring and humble. However he had no knowledge of the various studies that I asked him about. He also could not back up his statements with data. We let him know that people around the world were trusting his letter (which was shown to Rav Chaim; without a response from Rav Chaim ) and he dismissed it. He is so humble that he didn’t dream that his letter was being used as propaganda around the world. He then mentioned that he doesn’t know, he’s relying on another doctor in Maynei Hayeshua Hospital.