Health Ministry Transfers 45,000 Flu Shots in Effort to Meet Surging Demand

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Flu vaccinations are in high demand this winter in Israel. (David Cohen/Flash90)

 

Following reports of three fatalities and many other serious cases from the flu in recent days, the surge in demand for vaccinations has the Health Ministry scrambling to keep up.

According to Channel 12, as of Monday the country had only two days more of vaccination stockpiles left, while the ministry waits for resupply.

Health officials said they were transferring some 45,000 vaccines to the three major health funds — Clalit, Meuhedet and Leumit—to be available as of Tuesday, The Times of Israel reported.

Approximately 1.8 million Israelis have been vaccinated against the flu this season, many of them for the first time.

The Health Ministry expects another 100,000 more shots to arrive from overseas by next week.