Booster open to all, stung with 3rd dose exempted from isolation – .

Booster open to all, stung with 3rd dose exempted from isolation – .

The third coronavirus vaccine has been opened to all Israelis who have been fully vaccinated for at least five months, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said on Sunday. In addition, those who receive the booster will be exempt from isolation when entering the country from abroad.

At a press conference with the director general of the ministry, Professor Nachman Ash, the coronavirus commissioner, Professor Salman Zarka, and the head of public health services, Dr Sharon Alroy-Preis, it was announced that ” From October 1, only those who have been vaccinated twice for less than five months, who have received a booster, who have recovered in less than six months, or who have recovered and received a stroke will be eligible for the pass green – which gives access to several activities and places.

Alroy-Preis pointed out that according to data collected by the ministry, those who received a booster are ten times more protected against infection and severe symptoms than those who just received two doses.

A TEL AVIV pedestrian crossing this week, with a mix of masked and unmasked pedestrians. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM / THE JERUSALEM POST)

Officials stressed that they are seeing encouraging signs suggesting the outbreak is slowing due to the third shot.

According to Ash, on Sunday, Israel hit the two million people who fell victim to it.

Over the past week, Israel has administered more than 100,000 injections per day on weekdays, mostly boosters, but also first and second doses.

So far, some 5.95 million Israelis have received at least one blow, 5.46 million. at least two.

The number of severe coronavirus patients in Israel increased slightly again on Sunday, after last week the number of patients with severe conditions due to COVID-19 fluctuated between 680 and 700; As of Sunday morning, Israel had some 726 such patients, the highest since March.

While on Saturday the number of tests administered is lower than that during the week – around 100,000 against 150,000 – the rate of people tested positive, above 7%, also marked a record for six months.

Some 7,071 cases were recorded on Saturday. There are currently more than 80,000 in the country – not far from the peak of the third wave when Israel recorded as many as 88,000 active cases. Just three days before the schools reopen, 34,000 of the active cases are schoolchildren and another 90,000 are isolated after being exposed to a verified patient.
At the same time, the reproduction rate, or R – which measures the number of people each virus carrier infects on average – has declined, falling to 1.11. An R of 1 still indicates that the disease is spreading, but at a slower rate than in recent weeks.

Experts hope the epidemic will begin to decline soon.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, hundreds of health care workers gathered outside the health ministry in Jerusalem to protest the lack of funding.

Seven public hospitals, including Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and Hadassah University Medical Center, stopped receiving coronavirus patients last Monday and have been operating in emergency mode since Wednesday – admitting only patients with in need of life-saving treatment – due to a prolonged financial crisis.

So-called public hospitals are independent organizations that depend mainly on donations, as opposed to establishments directly owned and funded by the state or health funds.

Public hospitals said they received only NIS 400 million out of NIS 630 million. which was promised to them to cover the costs between January and June. 55m additional NIS. per month that they were supposed to receive in July and August was also not received.

Officials from the ministries of health and finance said they were monitoring the crisis closely and determined to resolve it quickly, but have so far found no solution.

The public hospitals, which also include the Ma’aynei Hayeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak, the Laniado Medical Center in Netanya, and three small hospitals in Nazareth, are all located in towns classified as red or orange by the coronavirus traffic light system. .

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman contributed to this report.


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