Starting Thursday, the vaccine produced by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company will be offered to those not able to receive a vaccine based on the mRNA innovation behind both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Health Ministry stated in a statement.
Only Israelis 18 and up with a recommendation from a physician will be qualified to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, the statement included.
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Ten months after Israel started its coronavirus vaccination campaign, the Health Ministry revealed Monday that some Israelis will for the first time be able to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, beginning from Thursday.
The large majority of those immunized in Israel have gotten the Pfizer vaccine, while a smaller amount of Moderna vaccines have also been administered in current months.
Up till now, AstraZenecas vaccine has not been available in Israel at all.
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Overall, nearly 67% of Israelis have gotten a minimum of one dose, while just 41% have actually gotten all 3 shots.
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A female gets a dosage of a COVID-19 vaccine in Jerusalem, September 30, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90).
According to the Health Ministry, more than 6.2 million Israelis have actually received at least one vaccine dosage, close to 5.7 million have actually gotten two, and more than 3.8 million have actually been administered a booster shot.
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But vaccination rates have bottomed out over the past week, with around 20,000 individuals a day getting the shot– compared to close to 90,000 2 weeks earlier.
This past Thursday, 16,923 Israelis received a booster dosage, while practically double that figure– 33,744– got one a week earlier.
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