The vaccination campaign against Corona began tonight (Saturday evening) with the vaccination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein live at Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer.
“This is a very big day for the State of Israel. We have been fighting for almost a year against the worst epidemic that humanity has known in a hundred years. By the end of the month, there will be millions of vaccines here, millions more will come later,” Netanyahu said.
“I asked to be vaccinated first together with Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, to set a personal example and encourage you to go get vaccinated. We can get out of this together and we will start with that. I believe in this vaccine, tens of thousands have passed it successfully, the best scientists have approved it. “.
The Prime Minister’s personal doctor, Dr. Herman Zvika Berkowitz, injected Netanyahu with the first corona vaccine in Israel.
Netanyahu and Edelstein received the Pfizer vaccine in the dining room of the hospital’s main hospital tower.
At the end of the vaccination, the Minister of Health said, “Today I looked at the date – December 19. On this date in 1984, my trial took place in the Soviet Union because of my desire to immigrate to Israel. Today, December 19, 2020, I have a great privilege to be Minister of Health “Give a shoulder.” Friends, there are reasons for optimism. “
Photo: Jorge Novominski, GPO
Immediately after them, the staff of Sheba’s medical staff will be vaccinated, and tomorrow the vaccination campaign will also open at Beilinson, Ichilov, Barzilai, Wolfson, Hadassah, Soroka and Rambam hospitals.
Meanwhile, 2,815 Israelis were diagnosed yesterday as positive for Corona. Since midnight, 1,064 more people have been diagnosed, bringing the number of people diagnosed at the weekend to 3,879.
732 corona patients are hospitalized in hospitals across the country, 445 of them in critical condition. 109 patients connected to respirators. Yesterday and today 17 corona patients have died and the number of deaths since the outbreak of the plague stands at 3,070.
The Ministry of Health has announced that starting tomorrow all countries will be considered red and those who return from them will have to go into 14-day isolation.
Another option – to perform a first inspection upon return to Israel and a second inspection nine days after the moment of landing. If both tests are negative he will be able to come out of isolation after 10 days.
Those returning from countries that have been green to date will be exempt from isolation as long as they land in the country by next Saturday.