Today, Saturday, Israel began vaccinating teenagers against the emerging corona virus, as part of its national vaccination campaign, which has so far covered a quarter of the population, according to the health authorities.
Since the start of the campaign on December 20, about 2.5 million people out of 9 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, and 900,000 of them have been given the second dose necessary to secure immunity against the virus, according to the Ministry of Health said Friday.
This new phase of the campaign comes as the country undergoes its third strict national lockdown since late December.
On Tuesday, the government decided to extend the closure until the end of January, after it recorded more than 10 thousand injuries within 24 hours, a record high.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health announced that it had allowed high school students between 16 and 18 years of age to be vaccinated, indicating that those wishing to receive the vaccination must secure approval from their parents.
The “Clalit” health center, the largest health center in Israel, has already begun on Saturday vaccinating individuals of that category, according to its website.
Israel began its vaccination campaign, first vaccinating health workers, then the elderly, the sick, and those suffering from chronic diseases.
In addition to teenagers, people aged 40 and over can also receive the vaccine.
Israel was able to obtain a large stockpile of the “Pfizer” vaccine in exchange for a quick sharing of data on the impact of this immunization on its population.
In total, the Israeli government ordered 14 million doses from Pfizer-Biontech Laboratories and Moderna, to immunize a total of seven million people. She has already received millions of doses.
More than 580,000 HIV infections, including 4,200 deaths, were recorded in Israel.