Israel Tackles Covid-19 Pandemic, Gives Covid Booster Shot To Elderly One Over 60s
In a bid to avert the wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Israel has flagged off a campaign F to give the elderly one Covid-19 booster shots on Friday.
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog, 60, received a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv to kick off the campaign
“We are beginning the booster vaccination” so that life in Israel can return to “normal” as soon as possible, Herzog said after getting the injection.
“With this new step of the Israeli government… I believe that it’s also a lesson to the entire humankind that we have to protect each other and take the necessary steps.” He said.
Israel was quick to roll out its vaccination campaign and had dropped many restrictions on public gatherings in June, but infections soared, and masks are once again mandatory in enclosed public places.
About 55 percent of its nine million populations have been double vaccinated, most with the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, thanks to a massive campaign launched in late December after an agreement with its developers.
Israel’s digitized medical databases allowed for rapid large-scale studies, and its initial vaccine rollout of the jab was among the world’s fastest.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced the start of the booster campaign for over 60s on Thursday, as concern mounts over the fast-spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus.
“Israel is a pioneer in going ahead with third doses for people of the age of 60 and above,” said the 49-year-old premier who accompanied Herzog to the hospital for the jab.
“The fight against the Covid pandemic is a global fight. The only way we can defeat Covid is together,” he said.