Israel extends vaccination campaign to anyone 50 years and older


Israelis age 50 and up will be eligible for coronovirus vaccination through health care providers starting on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday, expanding its major drive worldwide, nationwide COVID-19 infection to a new peak reached at.

The ministry said that eligible group people can start booking appointments immediately.

A few hours after the announcement, the country began offering shots of someone 55 and over, after closing the vaccination campaign last month, to people aged 60 and older, as well as health care workers and at-risk The groups also offered the vaccine.

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According to Health Ministry data, more than 1.8 million people have been given at least two doses of the coronavirus vaccine. According to data compiled by the University of Oxford, with a fifth of its population of 9 million, the country has the highest vaccination rate in the world.

Many of those vaccinated include those younger than 55, as health officials have prioritized flexibility and to ensure that shots do not go waste and that people are placed without appointment and outside eligibility criteria are given.

According to official figures, more than 295,000 Israelis between the ages of 50 and 59 or 35 percent of that age group have been vaccinated by Tuesday morning. More than 73 million people aged 60 or older have been shot.

Israeli citizens line up to receive the Kovid-19 vaccine at Ramale. January 7, 2021. (Yossi Aloni / Flash 90)

By the end of March, Israel would have vaccinated 5.2 million citizens against coronavirus, according to a plan prepared by the Ministry of Health to end the outbreak of COVID-19.

Most of the shots will come from Pfizer, which is expected to send millions of doses to Israel in the coming weeks.

The number of newcomers receiving the first dose of the shot has slowed significantly in recent times, with only 21,611 people giving shots on Monday, with a drop of more than 150,000 on the last day of December.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would increase its vaccine drive to 170,000 shots a day, as hundreds of thousands of new batches of Pfizer were touched at Ben-Gurunan Airport.

Israeli police on a makeshift road along the coastline in Tel Aviv during a nationwide lockout. January 11, 2021. (Mary Ulster / Flash 90)

Despite an accelerated vaccine rollout, the country is also reeling from a third wave of virus resurgence. According to the ministry’s data released on Tuesday morning, the daily virus caseloid reached its highest level on Monday, with 9,613 new cases diagnosed.

The number of positive virus tests reached 7.6% of the 126,717 tests returned on Monday.

Ministry figures show that there are 73,966 active patients in the country, of which 1,071 are in critical condition. Since the onset of the outbreak, coronovirus has been detected in the country with 3,723 deaths to 504,888 people.

The government on Friday closed the national lockout of all schools except special educational institutions. Most shops and public places have been ordered closed and movement is limited to one kilometer from the house, except for essentials.

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