Hours ahead of the start of Israel’s coronavirus vaccination Saturday night it was reported that the country was already in inoculations to satisfy it, with no clear timeline for when the next shots of pictures would arrive.
According to the report by Channel 13 News, healthcare providers had already dispensed all the doses of the Pfizer vaccine they received.
Reporter Nadav Eyal tweeted that the Ministry of Health and health agencies had not sent a clear message that this week’s vaccines for members of the public were part of a pilot program, and that not enough shots were available for her. everyone deserved it. For example, Clalit, Israel ‘s largest health services provider, was said to have received just 35,000 doses for the next week, Eyal said.
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However, Channel 12 news reported that Clalit had only arranged about 20,000 meetings and that anyone could still get an order for the next few days.
The uprising also said the Meuhedet health group had a small number of meetings left, and that Maccabi was still suffering from problems with their registration system. The Leumit HMO will not start meetings on Sunday.
Meanwhile, coronavirus czar Nachman Ash said Saturday that Israel would not see significant results from the vaccination campaign for several weeks.
“We will start to see results after at least two months from the start of the vaccination program,” Ash said. “Despite the vaccination, we must adhere to the restrictions. at the same time. ”
Israel will introduce the Pfizer vaccine in the first phase of the drive. The country has also agreed to receive 6 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, enough for 3 million people, authorized in the United States for emergency release Friday by the Food and Drug Administration.
However, Channel 12 has stated that the Moderna vaccine is not expected to reach Israel earlier than April.
The first person in Israel to receive the vaccine on Saturday night will be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, followed by Health Minister Yuli Edelstein. Netanyahu is 71 and Edelstein is 62.
After the first outing, vaccines will be given to hospital staff on Sunday, followed by HMO staff, private health clinics, and dental offices; medical and nursing students participating in clinical visits; members of Magen David Adom and other ambulance services; and residents and carers of old living homes.
Starting Monday, veterans and at-risk groups will be able to receive vaccinations by prescription, if available.
Next Israelis work in high-risk jobs exposed to the virus, such as teachers, social workers, first responders, and prison workers (prisoners are also given priority); and Israeli Defense Forces soldiers and other security guards.
The rest of the population will eventually arrive, with a timeline based on how many doses Israel will reach and the level of demand from the priority groups.
Edelstein told Channel 12 Friday that the speed of vaccinations would depend on public demand, but estimated that Israel could deliver the first round of vaccines to those at risk “in about two weeks.”
They then had to return for a second sight after 21 days, meaning Israel could vaccinate the endangered groups by the end of January. But, officially, Israel aims to complete the endangered campaign by March, Channel 12 said, which would alleviate supply and public trust problems.
“If the vaccination of the endangered population progresses at a good pace, we will not wait for the last one to receive the vaccine before it is made available to the general public,” said Edelstein.
An opinion poll released Friday showed that 63% of Israelis expect to receive a vaccine for the coronavirus, with the highest numbers among the elderly.
The poll in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper found that 24% expect to be vaccinated immediately and 39% will receive “the vaccine, but wait a while.”
Among those over 65, 50% said they expect to be vaccinated immediately and 32% said they are likely to be vaccinated after seeing how others do.
The vaccination campaign is coming as the government has been said to be reducing new restrictions on the public, given the rise in disease numbers.
Israel is struggling with a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases, with infections going up to nearly 3,000 on Tuesday and Wednesday, the highest case loads in more than two months.
The criterion set by the government for restoring restrictions is an average of 2,500 cases per day over an entire week or a basic reproduction number of over 1.32. That figure was at 1.27 last week, according to the Ministry of Health. Any value over one means that the rate of virus infection is increasing.