All Pinoys in Israel now fully vaccinated–Israeli ambassador

Published December 27, 2021, 3:23 PM

by Betheena Unite

Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss bared that all Filipinos in Israel have been fully vaccinated and will face no problem in getting booster shots.

Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss (Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines)

“To the best of my knowledge, all Filipinos, caregivers, diplomats, and other Filipinos in Israel have been fully vaccinated and there’s no obstacle in receiving their vaccination,” Fluss said during a televised press briefing Monday, Dec. 27.

The Israeli diplomat emphasized that vaccines against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including booster shots, are “really available” for Filipinos in Israel.

“There’s no limitation, it’s up to them and since a lot of them are taking care of elderly people–and the elderly people are the most vulnerable one,” Fluss said.

At present, Israel is also considering to administer a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines to its citizens.

According to Fluss, this is “still under consideration” as their health ministry and team of experts will meet this week to analyze the proposal.

“It’s not clear yet what’s going to happen as I said the experts are analyzing giving the fourth dose but (it is still) not yet decided if we (will) do that. Until now the indications are the vaccines each month, the level of antibodies is going down and this is why they have been considering the fourth dose,” Fluss explained.

Fluss disclosed that of the 9.3 million citizens of Israel, more than 6 million are now fully vaccinated while 4.2 million individuals have received booster shot.

He further disclosed that the Israel “have another 861 suspicious cases of Omicron variant. “We believe that it might be omicron but we’re still doing sequencing,” Fluss said, adding that Israel is “well-equipped and ready to deal with surge of patients” in case a surge of COVID-19 cases happens.