Israel Vaccine Data: How Many Have Already Been Inoculated for COVID

More than 78 percent of Israelis eligible for COVID-19 vaccination have been inoculated. As delta variant spreads, booster shot campaign is under way

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Vaccination drive in Tel Aviv in August
Vaccination drive in Tel Aviv in AugustCredit: Hadas Parush
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Six million Israelis have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 5.5 million got their second one, and 2.2 million have already received a booster shot, according to data released by the Health Ministry.

The number of serious coronavirus cases in Israel has reached a six-month high with 719 cases but that number has stopped rising and is stable over the past two weeks. With booster shots being made available to everyone over 12 this week, the number of people receiving their third shot on Monday was 114,851, a record number.

Those who do not receive a booster shot will no longer be considered vaccinated as it relates to restrictions if more than six months have elapsed since their second shot, Israel's coronavirus czar said Sunday. That change will go into effect on October 1.

According to the latest figures, more than 78 percent of Israelis eligible for vaccination have been inoculated.

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called on all Israelis to get vaccinated, and urged all eligible to do so soon. Those who have received their third shot, or who have received their second dose within the past six months, will be exempted from quarantine upon return to Israel from international travel.

This applies to arrivals from all countries except for a handful of countries defined as "red," meaning high risk.

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