מבצע חיסונים של מורים מראשון לציון בבית החולים אסף הרופא
A health worker at a vaccination center in Rishon LeTsiyon
Photo: Yuval Hen
A health worker at a vaccination center in Rishon LeTsiyon

Israel vaccinates 800,000 people against virus as campaign enters 2nd week

With 150,000 injections a day, 33% of persons over 60 already receive first of two doses; coronavirus czar warns Israel may face shortage if non-priority populations are inoculated at this point

Ynet |
Published: 12.31.20 , 08:13
As Israel's coronavirus vaccination campaign set to enter its second week, the Health Ministry reported Thursday that almost 800,000 Israelis have been inoculated against the virus so far.
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  • Keeping with a pace of 150,000 injections a day, the ministry reported that about 33% of the country's over 60 population has received the first of the needed two doses.
    מבצע חיסונים של מורים מראשון לציון בבית החולים אסף הרופאמבצע חיסונים של מורים מראשון לציון בבית החולים אסף הרופא
    A health worker at a vaccination center in Rishon LeTsiyon
    (Photo: Yuval Hen)
    Israel still leads the world in vaccinations per capita, with 7.74% of its population inoculated.
    "Within 11 days of Operation Latet Katef (Give Shoulder) we vaccinated almost 800,000 civilians," said Health Minister Yuli Edelstein on Twitter.
    "Thank you to the medical staff for the hard and important work, always provided with a smile! Thanks to the medical staff and the rapid deployment of no less than 257 vaccination stations, Israel has already vaccinated more than 150,000 people a day," he added.
    פרופסור נחמן אש פרופסור נחמן אש
    Coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash
    (Photo: Ido Erez)
    On Wednesday, coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash warned that Israel may face a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines if local authorities ignore Health Ministry regulations and administer the inoculation to those not considered eligible for the first tranche.
    Ash told Ynet that there may be a need to slow the pace of vaccinations if additional doses do not arrive in the country in an expedited manner.
    With reports that municipalities were planning to administer vaccines to local residents in violation of government rules, Ash said there could be chaos and confusion and a shortage of doses for the more vulnerable members of the population.
    מבצע חיסונים של מורים מראשון לציון בבית החולים אסף הרופאמבצע חיסונים של מורים מראשון לציון בבית החולים אסף הרופא
    A teacher vaccinated for coronavirus at a center in Rishon LeTsiyon
    (Photo: Yuval Hen)
    Tel Aviv municipality has said it would begin vaccinating teachers this week, ahead of tentative plans for them to be added to the priority list from next week.
    "We must act responsibly," Ash said. "I agree that it is a good idea to vaccinate teachers and school staff and we are preparing an inoculation schedule for them. But the more vulnerable in the population – the elderly and those with underlying conditions, must come first."


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