His office said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has received the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. According to reports, forty-nine-year-old Bennett was shot on Friday at Meir Medical Center, from where the Israeli public was asked to get vaccinated. “If everyone gets vaccinated, we can avoid a fourth nationwide lockdown,” “we are at the peak of the battle, and together we can win”. The Prime Minister said.
Earlier on Friday, the Health Ministry lowered the eligibility age for the third dose of the vaccine from 50 to 40, following the recent sharp rise in COVID-19 morbidity in the country. Bennett said he expects the third dose to be later opened to all residents who received a second dose at least five or six months ago.
According to the decision of the ministry, teachers, health workers and pregnant women of all ages can also get the third dose from now on. So far, about 1.27 million people in Israel have been vaccinated with the third dose. Meanwhile, 5.88 million have received the first shot, and about 5.44 million have received the second shot.