Clinics notify Israelis over 60 that they can get COVID vaccine from Monday

Elderly Israelis and at-risk populations can now reserve doctor appointments to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus, ten months after the pandemic first reached the country.

Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) have started notifying Israelis aged over 60 that they can get vaccinated starting Monday, Hebrew-language media reports. Every patient will have two appointments scheduled, 21 days apart, and will be considered vaccinated only after receiving the second dose.

Medical staff will start receiving Pfizer’s vaccine on Sunday.

Pfizer’s vaccine is yet to be formally approved for use in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will be the first in Israel to get inoculated. Reports today said the event will be broadcast live from Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv.