Health officials estimate 1.5 million Israelis must be convinced to get vaccine

Health Ministry officials believe they must persuade just 1.5 million Israelis to get vaccinated, whether through incentives or sanctions, Channel 13 reports.

Of Israel’s over 9 million citizens, 3.6 million have received at least the first shot of the vaccine. Children under 16, who cannot be vaccinated, account for over 2 million. Another 708,000 have recovered from COVID, and the ministry believes 10 percent of Israelis will not be convinced to get the immunization under any circumstances.

An Israeli receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Jerusalem, February 10, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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