Israel Sees Early Signs That Vaccination Drive Is Slowing Spread of Coronavirus

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Coronavirus vaccination center in Tel Aviv, January 2020.
Coronavirus vaccination center in Tel Aviv, January 2020.Credit: Moti Milrod
Ronny Linder
Ronny Linder

The infection rate among Israelis who received the first of two coronavirus vaccine doses dropped dramatically two weeks after they were first inoculated, initial Health Ministry data released on Tuesday shows. 

According to the figures, 4,484 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus within one to seven days of having been vaccinated, as compared to 3,186 people within eight to 14 days of their respective jab date. Most significantly, between 15 and 22 days from the first vaccine dose date, the figure dropped to 353 people.

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Given that Israel’s vaccination campaign began in late December, for most of those who have received the first dose, 15 to 22 days have not yet passed.

Overall, since the campaign began, 375 of those who received the first jab were later diagnosed with coronavirus and hospitalized.

Of these, 244 of them were diagnosed one to seven days after vaccination, compared to 124 people between eight and 14 days following the jab. Only seven people were diagnosed and hospitalized after 15 or more days had lapsed following vaccination.

The Health Ministry has also published preliminary data on side effects experienced by people who received the first dose. Among the 1.7 million people who received the first dose, 1,127 reported having experienced side effects. The most common side effects are general (such as headache, fever, nausea, muscle aches, etc.), followed by local side effects (such as pain and redness at the injection site, swelling and restriction of movement).

92 people experienced neurological effects (such as paresis, tingling, and numbness, 14 cases of facial nerve paralysis, five cases of convulsions and more), and allergic symptoms. 

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