More than half of Israelis have received two doses of Covid vaccine


More than half of Israel’s population have now received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, the country’s health minster announced on Thursday as the state continues to open up its economy.

Israel began rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech jab last December, with residents above 16 eligible for the jab.

Health minister Yuli Edelstein said that 50.07 per cent of the overall population have now received both vaccine doses, and 55.96 per cent have had the first shot.

He warned against complacency, urging people “to follow (health) guidelines so that the coronavirus does not return”.

People are considered fully protected one week after they receive the second dose.