Israel has long been at the forefront of the fight against corona, but in recent months the number of cases has risen explosively again. Wheres it going wrong?
At the end of January, when we had just started ingrafting in our country, 3 million out of 8.8 million inhabitants had had a first shot in Israel. The whole world had eyes on the vaccination champion to see what would be the effect of the successful puncture campaign.
Now Israel is no longer ahead of the rest of the world, but there are already 5 million people fully vaccinated. Initially, that strategy proved successful: the contagion figures fell rapidly. But where only 10 to 12 people a day were infected two months ago, this has now risen to as many as 8000 a day.
It is precisely the fact that Israel was ahead of the year at the beginning of this year, says correspondent Ankie Rechess in theCCEIT Radio 1 Journal. Experts point out that the effectiveness of the two Pfizer inoculations decreases after half a year. “This will allow people who have been vaccinated to get infected again,” says Rechess. “There are also additional contagious variants of the virus. The plus is that people who are vaccinated tend to get less ill.”
Holidays at the door
With the solution to the ascending contagion figures, the country is again at the forefront: the booster vaccination, or a third coronaprik that increases effectiveness again. That booster was already there for Israelis over 50, but is now available to residents over 40 years old, and soon for anyone over 12 years old.
In a speech last night, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stressed the importance of the booster. He called on everyone to get vaccinated a third time.
Bennett himself had himself inaccinated with the booster today:
In addition, the Prime Minister called on people to abide by the basic rules so that a fourth lockdown can be avoided. Nobodys waiting for that, especially with a series of holidays on the doorstep. “September is a holiday month here: Jewish New Year, the Tabernhut Party, Yom Kippur, thats all family celebrations. With a lockdown, that wouldnt be possible.”
Thats why people are going to get the booster massively. More than a million people have already done so, and there are sometimes queues at the vaccination points open from 6am to midnight seven days a week.
Meanwhile, there is a group of about 1 million people who have not been vaccinated at all. Previously, those were mostly members of the Orthodox Jewish community, now it is no longer true. “The rabbis have become convinced of the usefulness of the corona prick and they simply ordered the believers to get inoped. Thats been responded to. Only a small fraction of ultra-orthodox Jews still doesnt do that.”
Third shot already ordered
It is now mainly part of the Arab-Israeli population that has little faith in the vaccine. In addition, there are young people who dont get pricking. Rechess says intensive campaigns among those groups. “To convince people its the only solution. Thats true when you look at mortality rates: out of 105 people who have recently died of the virus, 103 were not or partially vaccinated. Thats not lying about it.”