Israel's 3rd Vaccination Is Not Stopping All COVID-19 Breakthrough Re-Infections
Since the third COVID-19 vaccination program for seniors was announced on July 29, 2021, about 1,166,624 people have been vaccinated, according to the Israel Ministry of Health data dashboard, as of August 18, 2021.
"The third shot is highly effective both against (SARS-CoV-2) infection and against serious (COVID-19) illness," commented Anat Ekka Zohar, the head of digital information and health at Maccabi.
Recently, the Ministry expanded the vaccination program on August 13th to include those 'aged 50 and older, healthcare workers, patients at high risk for serious illness with coronavirus disease, inmates, and wardens.'
'The third dose might increase the effect of antibodies and save lives, so get vaccinated.'
On August 17th, the Health Ministry's dashboard revealed 578 individuals were newly classified as 'serious COVID-19' patients. This data compares with one month ago, when the dashboard showed only 62 serious COVID-19 patients for July 19th.
'The Ministry of Health assesses that two main factors contribute to the rise in infection and death rates in Israel:
- The mRNA vaccine is less effective against the Delta virus variant than other variants,
- There is a decline over time in the immune system's response post-vaccination.
To enhance coronavirus infection testing, the Health Ministry stated 'once the full Green Pass outline takes effect on August 18th, about 220 stations for rapid (antigen) tests will be deployed throughout the country.
The rapid tests array is expected to undergo a pilot run for several days. Then, over the next few days, Its deployment will be expanded and adjusted to meet the demand. Rapid tests results are valid for 24 hours, says the Ministry of Health website.
Note: Israel has deployed the BNT162b2 (Comirnaty) vaccine manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., and BioNTech. The vaccine is synthesized in a laboratory and does not contain the virus that causes COVID-19 or any parts thereof. The cell breaks down the mRNA strands and disposes of them shortly after injection. The vaccine cannot cause COVID-19 illness or affect the human genetic material (DNA).