Amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases across the nation, the Israeli health panel has now recommended the age for booster shots be lowered from 60 to 50 years of age. The administration of these shots is expected to begin almost immediately.
Bennett on Thursday praised the recommendation to vaccinate over 50s, calling it “the right decision for the health of Israeli citizens” and “an important step in the fight against the Delta [variant] pandemic.” He urged all those over 50 to get the shot “as soon as tomorrow morning. Get out and get inoculated. This is about saving lives. It’s in our hands.”
Meanwhile, to combat the ongoing boom in cases, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that more than 2,000 fines were handed out by police the previous day to those breaking coronavirus regulations. Bennett had directed police to crack down on violators of the government’s COVID-19 restrictions, as part of the effort to stem surging infection rates.
As it stands, Bennett has also spoken with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla and urged him to speed up regulatory approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for those under the age of 12. To this request, Bourla told Bennett that he will work to the best of his ability to speed up the process, according to the PMO.
As of this week, the Israeli ministry said 5,991 new cases were confirmed on Wednesday, with another 4,048 infections confirmed on Thursday. The death toll was also up to a total of 6,602 with 42,366 active coronavirus cases.