- Netanyahu was the first to vaccinate publically with Pfizer vaccine
- Prime Minister Netanyahu is 72 years old. The vaccination was broadcasted live to encourage the Israel public to also get vaccinated.
- Health official’s estimate that Israel may become the first country in the world to vaccinate it’s at risk population.
On Saturday night immediately after the first Saturday following the holiday of Hanukah Israel began vaccination of its people using Pfizer vaccine. The first to vaccinate was Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Sheba Medical Center Israel’ largest medical center in Tel Aviv. Joining Netanyahu to vaccinate was Yudi Edelstein the Minister of Health.
When being vaccinated Netanyahu remarked, “One small vaccination for man, and one giant leap for mankind health.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu is 72 years old. The vaccination was broadcasted live to encourage the Israel public to also get vaccinated. President Rivlin will be vaccinated on Sunday when the country’s hospital staff and health professionals will also start vaccinating.
Health official’s estimate that Israel may become the first country in the world to vaccinate it’s at risk population. From Monday, the elderly and at risk population will be vaccinated at their local medical centers after setting an appointment with their doctor.
Minister of Health Yudi Edelstein stated that Israel can potentially complete the first stage of vaccinations in two weeks because of its small population of 9 million people and that it has already on hand enough Pfizer vaccines to complete the first stage.
In another 21 days will be required to return for a second vaccination. This means that by the end of January could be completed the vaccination of it’s at risk population.
Israel has seen a rise in new Corona infection cases during the last week to create fear that another lock down may soon be required. It will enforce the policy of light constraint for at least another three weeks. This means closure of the trade sector and the educational system in red and orange municipalities.
A large number of the jump of new Corona infections is attributed to people arriving from abroad. Israel is considering an emergency regulation that will require travelers arriving from red countries to submit to a corona test upon arrival or to be sent to a corona virus hotel for a period of quarantine.
Until now the policy was for people to self-quarantine but according to data people do not comply with these regulations about only 25%. Israeli Arabs returning from Turkey has been blamed for the high spike of cases in the Arab sector of Israel. A large percentage of communities in the Arab sector are now in lockdown because of the spike of cases.
Since the partial opening of international travel 27,000 people returned from the red zone countries and only a third of them have been tested to be virus free.
There are presently 82,000 Israelis in quarantine with a rise in serious cases being treated in hospitals including those in need of ventilators. The Health Ministry has remarked that a third wave is beginning due to leniency that has been allowed.