Health ministry director: 180,000 got the vaccine, goal is 4 million by April

Health Ministry Director-General Chezy Levy says that in five days, 180,000 Israelis have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Chezy Levy, the director-general of the Health Ministry, at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Herzliya on December 20, 2020. (Flash90)

In a press briefing ahead of the nationwide lockdown, Levy says 40,000 people got the shot today by the late afternoon and 65,000 got it yesterday.

“The goal is to vaccinate at least 4 million people during the first quarter of 2021,” he says, according to the Ynet news website. “We have enough vaccines to do it, and I hope we’ll fulfill that goal.”

He says going to get inoculated will be allowed during the lockdown.

Meanwhile, Channel 12 news reports that Health Minister Yuli Edelstein has instructed Levy to reach 100,000 vaccinations a day by next week.