The third coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective against infection and 97% effective against serious symptoms some 16 days after the shot, according to data by the Health Ministry reported by Channel 12 on Wednesday night after Israel registered almost 10,000 coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, but also a stable number of serious patients – 692, similar to the figure of the previous two days.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has recorded a similar number of daily infections only at the peak of the third wave in the second half of January. Back then, there were as many as 1,200 serious patients. Thanks to the high vaccination rate Israel has reached, now the figure is lower, also because of the drive to give Israelis who have been inoculated for at least five months a booster as their immunity began to wane.
So far, some 1.67 million individuals have received a booster shot. On Tuesday the Health Ministry opened eligibility to everyone over the age of 30.