Over 2 million in Israel receive 3rd COVID-19 vaccine doses

Published August 30, 2021, 9:13 AM

by Xinhua

JERUSALEM, Israel — Over two million Israelis have received the third booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

So far, 2,013,080 people in Israel have received the booster shots after the third dose campaign in the country began on Aug. 1.

Teachers, healthcare workers and pregnant women of all ages were already eligible to receive the third dose.

The number of people who have received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Israel reached nearly 5.96 million, or 63.9 percent of its total population, while over 5.47 million have taken two doses.

Eligibility age

Israel also lowered the eligibility age for the third dose of coronavirus vaccine from 30 to 12, the state’s health ministry said.

This is under the condition that at least five months have passed since receiving the second dose of vaccine, the ministry noted.

Israel started its third dose vaccination campaign on Aug. 1 amid a significant rise in COVID-19 morbidity in the state.

At first, people aged 60 and above were vaccinated with the third dose, and since then the minimum eligibility age has been gradually lowered.