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COVID-19: Isaac Herzog, Bennett kick off Israel’s third booster shots


Israel inaugurated its booster shot campaign for people over the age of 60 who were vaccinated more than five months ago on Friday.

The first shots were given at Maccabi Health Services in Ramat Hasharon, Clalit Health Services in Netanya and at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, where President Isaac Herzog got the shot.

“Here in one of the leading medical centers in the world, one of the 10 best medical centers in the world, Sheba hospital, we are beginning the booster vaccination, which is so vital to enable normal circumstances of life, as much as possible, in this very challenging pandemic that humanity is faced with,” the president said. “This step is very important for the solidarity of the Israeli people.”

Herzog looked forward to another few weeks, when schools are expected to open and the High Holidays will start shortly thereafter, and stressed how vaccinating the elderly is key to keeping life running according to routine.

“We have to protect each other and take the necessary steps and make sure we can all function as normal and ordinary states and societies,” the president concluded.

Herzog was vaccinated by Sheba nurse Lina Ahmad. His wife, Michal, was also inoculated, along with Sheba medical personnel who qualified for the dose.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also spoke at the event, addressing the foreign press and leaders, as he termed the battle against COVID a “global fight.”

The only way we can beat the pandemic is together,” Bennett said. “Together means sharing information. Together means sharing methods, technology, insights and actionable steps. Israel is open to sharing all the information that we can gain from this bold move and we are going to win, but together.”Yafit and Eli Shapira are the first to get vaccinated with the booster shot. The Maccabi vaccinating nurse is Moran Shapira their daughter in law. (Photo credit: MACCABI HEALTHCARE SERVICES)Yafit and Eli Shapira are the first to get vaccinated with the booster shot. The Maccabi vaccinating nurse is Moran Shapira their daughter in law. (Photo credit: MACCABI HEALTHCARE SERVICES)

Earlier in the day, Yafit and Eli Shapira became the first Israelis citizens to receive the third shot. They were inoculated by their daughter-in-law, nurse Moran Shapira, at a health center in Hod Hasharon.

At Clalit, the first to get vaccinated were Raphael Yefet, 73, and his wife Yael, 72, from Kfar Netter. They were vaccinated at a Netanya health center. 

Vaccine appointments are now available through all the health funds, which have said they will extend their hours to enable anyone who qualifies and wants a third dose to be vaccinated. 

“This morning, patients aged 60 and over began arriving to receive the third dose,” said Dr. Erez Liebel, Clalit’s Sharon Shomron District Director. “It is also gratifying to see the youth who are coming out to be vaccinated… The vaccine is the means we have to deal with the pandemic.”





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