Israel Vaccinating 60 & Older
By Micah Halpern
Saturday July 31, 2021
Israel is beginning a third round of vaccinations for people over 60. The decision to vaccinate was made in order to avoid a fourth country-wide lockdown.
In a televised press conference Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Israelis :
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog, who turns 61 in September, was the first Israeli to receive the booster shot as part of the campaign.
The prime minister explained the efficacy of the third dose saying: "Within a few days of receiving the third dose, [the vaccine] comes into effect and provides protection. I urge seniors who have been vaccinated with the second dose — go get vaccinated with the third dose. It will protect you from serious illness and death."
The essential point he was making is that you may get sick, but with the vaccine you are not going to die. And that is what is important.
If the campaign works as Israel is hoping, the country will not need to shut down. And that means the economy can continue to rebuild itself.
To answer the most asked question, tourism will not spring back up. Open borders are not immediately on the agenda.
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