Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says the coronavirus restrictions over the Jewish holidays in September will hinge on how many Israelis are vaccinated by then.
He makes the comment in a Facebook Live Q&A.
“The future of the holidays depends on the number of vaccinated,” says the prime minister.
He also reassures Israelis the third booster shot, now offered to over 60s, is safe.
“In 10 days, we’ll see the scientific effectiveness of the third shot compared to those who did not receive an additional dose,” he says. “At the same time, every day that passes gives us further confidence about the safety of the booster. Right now we can say: The third shot is safe. We have no evidence of extensive side effects.”
He says that boosters will also be offered to younger Israelis once its effectiveness is proven.