Israel's COVID Infections Keep Slowing, but Experts Fear a Holiday Reversal

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The wave of coronavirus infections is showing signs of slowing down, but the mass gatherings expected during Rosh Hashanah could reverse that trend, say experts.

“We are definitely seeing the effects of the booster shot, and the question is which trend will be stronger, the booster or the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the head of public health services at the Health Ministry, to Haaretz. “We’re succeeding in slowly but consistently reducing the number of Israelis who are refusing to get vaccinated, which currently stands at 940,000. I don’t think all these people are anti-vaxxers; we simply have to reach them. Therefore, opening vaccination stations at night and the improved accessibility to the vaccine is an important step.”

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