New data shows that more young adults are being hospitalized due to COVID19 disease in Israel as compared to older people who are above 60 years of age. The number of people under the age of 60 years, who have been newly hospitalized due to the disease, has exceeded the number of new admissions in the hospitals among older people who are 60 years old and above. Israel has been using Pfizer-BioNtech shots for vaccinations; it needs two doses in the gap of 28 days for full protection. However, it seems that it takes days to offer some immunity after the first dose of the vaccine. As per the latest data by age group, around 90 percent of people who are 60 years old and above have been given the first dose of the vaccine, while 80 percent of people in this age group have received their second dose of the vaccine. Nearly 37 percent of people in the age group of 16 to 59 years have been given the first dose of the vaccine and around 20 percent of them have received completed their full vaccine regime.
The vaccine is accessible to people living in Israel who are in the age range of 16 to 59 years. Experts have said that around 42 percent of people from the general population have been given the first dose of the vaccine and 27 percent of people from the same category have been given the full doses including the second dose. Overall, the country has vaccinated a total of 3.7 million people with the first dose of the vaccine and 2.3 million people have been vaccinated with both shots so far.
A science portal from Oxford University has collected the data from Israel with the help of Israeli scientists. Experts from Oxford University have assessed the impact of Israel’s world-leading vaccination rollout program. They have said that new changes in the rate of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths cannot be credited to the effects of the vaccine campaign in the country. As per the experts, new variants of the virus and a national lockdown have emerged during the same time when the vaccine rollout plan has started in the country, which as well can affect the data. Experts from Israel’s Weizmann Institute have claimed that there have been 58 percent fewer cases, 44 percent new admissions in the hospitals, and 40 percent fewer deaths in the age group of 60 years and above during the peak of the pandemic in mid-January.
They have claimed that confirmed new cases in Israel are going downward since mid-January, but the weekly average for the people in the age range of 60 years and above are still more than 37000 per week. As per the report, the pandemic has started hitting the country on 17 January with an average of more than 8000 new cases per day. On the other hand, despite the vaccine rollout, an alarming number of hospitalizations among young people seem to be trending since mid-December in Israel.
The vaccine campaign has started on 19 December 2020 and a national lockdown as well has started on 8 January 2021. Though schools are closed in the country, the share of new cases among children and young adults has been shooting up since the last week of January. Health officials including the prime minister of the country, Benjamin Netanyahu have said that more contagious strains of the virus are responsible for the third wave outbreak’s imperviousness to the lockdown and vaccine rollout. As per data from the health ministry, no hospital staff has been able to achieve a vaccination rate of more than 90 percent, including those who have recovered from the disease.
In some hospitals in Israel, only 60 percent of health care workers have been given the first dose of the vaccine. The rate of inoculation has been leveling off lately, which has prompted officials to advise more young people to get the vaccine. At present, the country has a total of 712078 cases of COVID19 and 67796 total active cases. The death toll has reached 5266 across the country.