Jerusalem. Israeli President Isaac Herzog took the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Friday. Simultaneously, as part of efforts to slow the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of Kovid-19 in the country, a campaign to give booster doses to people above the age of 60 years was started. Herzog, 60, was given a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech anti-coronavirus vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv.
Speaking on the occasion, Herzog said he was proud to launch the Booster Vaccination Initiative ‘which is extremely important to enable the normal conditions of life as possible in this very challenging pandemic.’ Herzog’s wife Michal was also given a vaccine dose. The president and his wife were accompanied by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who stressed the importance of booster shots in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and said Israel would share all information gained from public vaccination campaigns.
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“Israel is one of the world’s leading countries in providing a third dose for older people aged 60 and over,” Bennett said. The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is a global battle. The only way to defeat the corona virus is that the whole world remains united.
On the eve of the booster campaign, Bennett said Israel had already given a third dose to 2,000 people, with no serious adverse events. The Israeli government hopes vaccination efforts will help the country avoid lockdown . Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday announced a booster campaign, making Israel the first country to widely give its citizens a third dose of a Western vaccine.
Israel had emerged as a world leader in launching the vaccination campaign against Corona. And out of the population of 93 lakh, about 57 percent had received double doses of the vaccine, of which 87% were 60 years of age or older, while the number of people over 70 was more than 90 percent.
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