Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announces that Israelis over 60 will be able to get a third COVID-19 vaccine dose next week, calling on Israelis to get the shot and encourage friends and families to do so.
In a prime-time press statement, Bennett says President Isaac Herzog will be the first to get the booster shot tomorrow morning.
“Data shows the body’s immunity decreases over time, and the purpose is to rehabilitate that immunity,” he says, likening the COVID-19 vaccine to flu vaccines that need to be renewed periodically.
Bennett says his policy is trying to save lives while minimizing disruptions to daily life.
He calls on unvaccinated young Israelis to get the shot.
Bennett says PCR tests to self-check for the coronavirus are now available to purchase in pharmacies.