Top health official: 17% of new serious COVID cases got first vaccine shot

Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of the Health Ministry’s public health department, says nearly one-fifth of recent serious coronavirus cases in Israel have received the first dose of the vaccine.

“17% of the new serious cases today are after the first dose,” she tells reporters.

Alroy-Preis also expresses alarm at the sky-high infection rates, which yesterday climbed to nearly 10,000 new cases.

She says Israel will likely have to extend its nationwide lockdown.

A medical worker receives a coroavirus vaccine at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem on December 20, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)