At the beginning of this summer, Israel experienced a few days without reports of new coronavirus cases, which is a sign of the great success of the country’s vaccination campaign.
There are currently an average of 8,000 cases each day.
“Unfortunately we have to react to this new wave. This time, it is a new version COVID (or delta). It is not possible to stop it. At the same time, time has passed since Israeli citizens received the last dose of the vaccine,” Israeli spokesperson Lior Haiat Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Herald.
The Herald reported that Israelis removed their masks and went back to work. Most COVID hospitals have been closed. Officials believe that Massachusetts can achieve similar success in a similarly-sized state.
Many restrictions are now imposed upon Israeli citizens. Hayat stated that the “wave of craze began with unvaccinated young men.”
Dr. Asher Salmon from the Israeli Ministry of Health’s international affairs department stated that the Israeli Ministry of Health’s delta variant was “massive”. The vaccine immunity began weakening even though the majority of Israelis were vaccinated.
Salmon and Haiat said that coronavirus hasn’t caused many deaths, hospitalizations or serious cases due to vaccination.
The United States has deployed booster doses in response to the spike. Boosters in Israel start with older people and gradually expand to younger patients.
The country’s digital “green passport” used to verify vaccination status has been revised to reflect dining in restaurants and participation in large-scale events.
Haiat stated that in order to be able to take part in an event, one must have a green pass that proves that the person has had a booster dose or a second injection within six months.
Children younger than 12 years old who are not yet eligible for vaccination may take a quick test without charge. They must also prove they have been to shopping centers or public swimming pools.
Salmon stated that the booster dose is showing signs of improvement in coronavirus trends, but it is still too early to know the full effect.
Salmon stated that the third injection was very safe and effective, reducing the chance of infection by a significant amount.