Israel continues to lead the international community in coronavirus vaccinations. A little over a week after the mass vaccination campaign began, close to 400,000 Israelis have already received the first dose of the vaccine, with 98,916 people vaccinated over Sunday alone.
Health Minister Yuli Edelstein wrote on Monday morning: “Beginning of the second week of the vaccination campaign – 100,000 vaccines administered daily and a total of 379,000 people vaccinated to date.”
“The Health Ministry, medical clinics, hospitals and Magen David Adom deserve all the credit. And most of all – thank you, citizens of Israel, for coming out to vaccinate. We will continue as we’ve begun and even try to boost the pace of the vaccinations,” Edelstein added.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has set a goal of 150,000 daily vaccinations over the coming week. “I talked to heads of companies supplying us with the vaccines over the weekend and told them our goal was to reach 150,000 vaccines a day by the end of the week. It’s fantastic that we’re on pace to set a world record. I asked them to try and get the speed of delivery up to the national vaccination rate, and they said they thought it was possible,” he said.
The Health Ministry, for its part, said it considered the target rate feasible and one that could even be surpassed. It also announced the expected opening of some 250 vaccination complexes in the coming days.