Israel will also vaccinate people over 40 with a third shot
Israel plans to vaccinate more residents with a third shot. The so-called ‘booster doses’ have already been administered to people over the age of sixty. Now, according to Reuters news agency, the Israeli authorities will also vaccinate people over 40 and all teachers with a third shot. The authorities have decided to do so now that the number of infections in the country is rising, despite the fact that a large part of the population had been vaccinated against the corona virus early on.
It is probably less effective now than immediately after vaccination. In addition, many Israelis who have not been vaccinated against the virus become infected, including many young people. According to the Ministry of Health, the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine used in Israel, has fallen from 90 percent to 55 percent in people over 65 who received their second doses in January. There are just over 600 sick corona patients in hospitals.
5.4 million Israelis have been vaccinated twice, which is about 56 percent of the total population. The fact that the virus is playing up again is also due to the advance of the Delta variant. This is a phenomenon that also occurs elsewhere: in the United Kingdom, 35 percent of corona patients in hospital have been vaccinated twice.
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Israel may go into lockdown again to prevent new fires. Now it is the case that children have to show a negative PCR test to be allowed into a restaurant or swimming pool. Israelis traveling abroad must be quarantined for a week – even if they have been vaccinated. Tourists are not allowed to enter the country for the time being.