To date, more than 600,000 people aged 60 and over in Israel have received the third dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine. The Israeli government is considering implementing a similar booster program for people 45 years of age and older.
Israel secured the supply of a Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer thanks to an agreement to provide medical data to this pharmaceutical company. There are many reports that the effectiveness of the vaccine is reduced before the Delta variant. This is especially evident in people who received 2 full doses more than 6 months ago.
The fact that Israel showed that the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine decreased because of the Delta Covid-19 mutation
In May 2021, the Israeli government lifted most of the restrictions against Covid-19 thanks to the success of the vaccination program. However, when the Delta variant caused the number of infections to increase again, Israel re-imposed some restrictions such as banning large gatherings in homes and requiring masks.
In early August 2021, Israel began administering the third dose of the vaccine to immunocompromised subjects and aged 60 and older.
At least 6,580 people have died from Covid-19 since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Israel. Just last week, the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in Israel doubled to 680, with 400 severe cases.
Data from Israel shows that the Covid-19 vaccine is still effective, especially in fully vaccinated subjects 60 years of age and older who are up to 10 times less likely to develop severe symptoms than those aged 60 and over. same age without vaccination.
Israeli Prime Minister Neftali Bennett said the Israeli government is doing everything to “make sure this wave can be overcome without restrictions, causing enormous damage to the Israeli economy”.
Delta variant forces Israelis to wear masks again