The vaccination campaign began on Monday. Israel is the first country in the world to begin administering the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, the fourth dose is available to healthcare professionals and people over 60 years of age.

– Vaccines protect us from serious diseases and the need to undergo quarantine, and the public understands that – comment Prime Minister Naftali Bennettwho described the vaccination campaign that began on Monday as a “huge success.”

Tuesday National Emergency Medical Service personnel They are launching a campaign in nursing homes for immediate vaccination.

Exact data on the effects of the fourth dose of vaccination are not yet available. Last week, one of the Israeli hospitals The research has begun among his employees, but the results have not yet been published.

Salman Al-Zarqa who runs the campaign against COVID in Israel, said Monday that little is known about the fourth dose, but he called on those who can get it to get vaccinated. Al-Zarqa explained that it is too early to talk about making the fourth dose available to all citizens, but he expects it to happen in the near future.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, about two-thirds of Israel’s population of about 9.5 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and nearly 4.3 million Israelis have all received it. three doses. According to the ministry full closure It was not planned. instead of pulling restrictions, the Israeli government decided to mitigate some of them, incl. Under pressure from shop owners.

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Israel recorded 6,570 new cases on Sunday, and another 6,474 were confirmed late Monday afternoon, making Israel more than 41,000 active cases. 210 patients infected with COVID-19 in the hospital, including 108 people in serious condition.