Health Ministry says 21% of Israelis over 60 have received COVID-19 vaccine

The Health Ministry says 21% of Israelis over the age of 60 have already received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, with Israel leading the world in the immunization rate by a big margin.

According to the data, among those aged 60-69 there have been 146,046 shots administered. The number for those aged 70-79 is 114,931, for ages 80-89 it is 39,293 and for those aged 90 or over it is 5,655.

There have been tens of thousands of younger citizens who got vaccinated, mostly because they work in healthcare or other jobs with high risk of COVID-19 infection.

Some health providers have now told people aged 55-59 who have risk factors to book an appointment to get the shot.