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Vaccinated elderly couple die of COVID 4 days apart

Rachel and Yitzhak Na’eh, both in their mid-80s, succumb to virus, after suffering from pre-existing conditions as well; become week’s 3rd and 4th vaccinated patients to die

Rachel and Yitzhak Na'eh (Courtesy)
Rachel and Yitzhak Na'eh (Courtesy)

An 85-year-old woman from northern Israel died Monday, due to complications from the coronavirus, four days after her 86-year-old husband passed away from the same illness.

Both Rachel and Yitzhak Na’eh were fully vaccinated, but suffered from pre-existing conditions, according to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center, where they were both treated.

The woman became the fourth vaccinated patient to succumb to complications from the coronavirus in one week, joining a 75-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, along with her husband.

Speaking to the Krayot news site, Na’eh’s grandson Oshri Aviv said he had moved in with his grandparents, after he noticed how lonely they were during the first lockdown last year.

“I saw how much it had a positive effect on them. My grandparents were happy and so was I. It was the least I could do for them,” the 28-year-old said.

According to Health Ministry figures from Thursday morning, the death toll since the start of the pandemic stood at 6,438. Of the 4,150 active cases, 47 patients were in serious condition. There were 423 new coronavirus cases on Sunday alone.

Shaare Zedek hospital team members wearing safety gear as they work in the coronavirus ward in Jerusalem on January 19, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

According to a Sunday report in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, there is a growing correlation between vaccinated Israelis who have been infected with the Delta variant of the coronavirus and those who were among the first to get the vaccine, possibly indicating that the vaccine’s protection fades over time.

However, some experts working with the Health Ministry cautioned that it was too early to draw conclusions, since the sample size was too small and those who were vaccinated first were the oldest and most at risk, with already weakened immune systems.

The data cited in the report showed that the vaccine has still largely protected these people against serious illness.

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