Health Ministry to Expand Booster Campaign to Over 30s

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Ziv medical staff member prepares a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, in Tzfas, on Sunday. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Israelis over the age of 30 will be able to receive a third shot of the coronavirus vaccine by the end of this week, Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai said Motzoei Shabbos.

On Friday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett kicked off Israel’s booster campaign for adults over the age of 40 by getting his third jab.

“We’re at the height of the battle now, together we can win; it’s within arm’s reach, but we’re not there yet,” Bennett said shortly before receiving the inoculation. “I’m asking you – use this unique privilege you have as Israelis, and go get vaccinated.”

Within two days, 65,000 Israelis between the ages of 40 and 49 received their third vaccine shots. Altogether since the launch of the third jab campaign, more than 1,300,000 eligible Israelis have gotten their shots.

Dr. Ran Balicer, a member of the Health Ministry’s pandemic response team, said he expected the infection rate to decrease dramatically “once we vaccinate more than 50% of Israelis over the age of 50.”

With the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, infections have surged in recent weeks, raising fears of a lockdown over the chagim next month.