(Jerusalem) Israel urges its citizens over 60 to get a third dose of the vaccine to protect against the coronavirus, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a televised statement Thursday.
Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 2:25 pm
In light of an increase in contamination in recent weeks related to the spread of the Delta variant, the Hebrew state is launching a “supplementary vaccination campaign” starting Sunday for people over 60 who were vaccinated more than five years ago.
“I urge all elderly people who have already been vaccinated to receive this additional dose. Protect yourself, ”said the Prime Minister.
President Isaac Herzog, 60, will receive the first dose of the vaccine Friday morning, Bennett said.
“A few days after the 3rd dose, you have more immune defenses,” said Bennett. “Vaccines protect against mortality just like the flu vaccination, which has to be renewed from time to time. ”
“This third dose can save lives,” added Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, who spoke after the Prime Minister.
According to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which makes the vaccine, which is mainly used in Israel, “new studies show that a third dose neutralizes the Delta variant more than five times more in young people and more than eleven times more in the elderly. ”
About 55% of the Israeli population were fully vaccinated thanks to a massive campaign launched in late December, mostly using Pfizer vaccines.
At the beginning of June, the authorities extended the vaccination to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16, and from August 1, children between the ages of 5 and 11, who are at risk of serious complications from COVID-19, can be vaccinated by health insurance companies.
The Hebrew state has recorded more than 1,400 new cases of contamination in the past 24 hours, up from 100 per day in mid-June. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 15,000 active cases are currently identified, including 151 hospitalized in serious condition.
In light of this increase in contamination, Israel reintroduced the health passport on Thursday. Only fully vaccinated, cured of COVID-19, or those with a negative PCR test less than 72 hours are allowed to enter a location with more than 100 people, indoors or outdoors.