Israel Hits Seven-month High in COVID Infections; Booster Vaccine Drive Expanded to 30 and Older

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An Israeli child being tested for the coronavirus, Jerusalem.
An Israeli child being tested for the coronavirus, Jerusalem. Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Israel hit a seven-month record in new COVID infection, logging almost 10,000 new cases, Health ministry data showed on Tuesday.

The Health Ministry recorded 9,831 new cases of COVID-19, bringing up the total number of Israelis who have been infected since February to 1,005,511.

So far, 6,864 people in Israel have died from the coronavirus – a figure 0.68 percent lower than that of the rest of the world. However, the number of serious cases in Israel remains stable and currently stands at 678, of which 168 are in critical condition and 123 are on ventilators. 

Later on Tuesday, the Health Ministry approved administrating the COVID booster shot to anyone aged 30 and older.

The decision comes after a recommendation from a special team of experts advising on COVID-19 vaccinations to lower the minimum age for receiving the third vaccine dose from 40.    

In Israel, 1,575,898 people have received their third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. 

Data also reveals that an increasing number of Israelis have received their first coronavirus shot after vaccination rates declined in the summer months. 

The number of Israelis getting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has tripled since the beginning of August, with over 10,000 Israelis receiving their first shot on Monday, compared to 3,023 on August 1.

Horowitz announced on Monday a new effort in parts of the country where vaccination rates for the first and second doses of the COVID vaccine are low, pointing to figures that show a clear correlation between economic status and willingness to get inoculated.

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