Over 3 million Israelis have now received COVID vaccine boosters

Bennett, health minister hail milestone; PM says those who got extra shot enabled Israel to ‘remain open during the holidays’

A man receives a vaccine in Jerusalem, on August 24, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A man receives a vaccine in Jerusalem, on August 24, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Over three million Israelis have received a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the Health Ministry announced on Friday.

The ministry said 3,020,716 Israelis have received the booster shot since they began to be offered this summer, while urging all eligible citizens over 12 to go and get vaccinated if they haven’t already.

“The vaccine has proven to be the most effective means of fighting the coronavirus, and it is available to everyone. Everyone who gets vaccinated protects themselves, their family and their surroundings,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennet thanked Israelis in a statement cheering the milestone.

“To the three million good and responsible Israelis who went and got vaccinated, Thank you! Thanks to you, we are all safer and healthier, and thanks to you, our country remains open during the holidays and in general.

“Our next goal: four million vaccinated,” he said, adding that in the coming weeks, the government will implement a new program aimed at reaching the goal.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett receives his third COVID-19 vaccine shot at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, on August 20, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz also issued a statement hailing the milestone, saying it was reached even earlier than anticipated.

“The vaccine is the best means to stop the Delta variant, and the results are already clearly visible in the field. Thanks to the health professionals for doing an amazing job and to the public who has acted responsibly. Continue getting vaccinated!” he said.

Updated Health Ministry figures released Friday afternoon showed that 3,227 Israelis tested positive for the coronavirus during the previous day.

There were 81,072 active cases with 661 of them being serious ones. The death toll stood at 7,494 and the percentage of tests that came back positive on Thursday was 6.33.

Also Friday, a US government advisory panel was meeting to decide whether to approve administering booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine, with Israeli health officials presenting figures indicating waning immunity against infection among all age groups around six months after vaccination.

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