The coronavirus cabinet has scheduled a meeting for Sunday to talk about a new plan for the reopening of schools on the 1st of September. Meanwhile, the government of the State of Israel decided to expand its booster shot campaign and accommodate additional age groups. This enabled the Prime Minister of the country, Naftali Bennett, to receive the shot on Friday.
Representatives belonging to the education sector are also expected to be present at the meeting to share their opinions with the cabinet. Earlier in the week, Yifat Shasha-Biton, the education minister, stated that she had had professional meetings with the representatives of parents, as well as heads of local relevant authorities, principals, and teachers, to be prepared for the conversation.
Shasha-Biton added that the issue of educating the children in the country is a vital and sensitive one, especially when the highly infectious Delta variant is making its rounds. Thus, she said that it is equally important to vote on matters related to education, as it is to vote on issues related to tourism, economy, and culture.
Despite the high number of cases being recorded on a daily basis, schools are reported to reopen on their assigned time. The Health Ministry updated its data on Saturday, revealing that a total of 7,692 cases had been recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, 594 people had been in serious condition.
Late on Thursday night, a meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Corona Vaccines and Epidemic Control concluded to permit all educational staff to receive the booster shot, given that they received their second dose of the vaccine over five months ago. People aged 40 and above, as well as pregnant women, were also granted permission to get the third jab.
Naftali Bennett was amongst the first few people in this age group to receive the third dose, early on Friday morning at the Meir Medical Center, located in Kfar Saba. Right before he got vaccinated, the Prime Minister encouraged others to do the same and said that if people went for the booster shot, the country could easily avoid going into lockdown for the fourth time.
The leader further asserted that he had announced a couple of weeks ago that if people got inoculated in the Hebrew month of Elul, the country could easily enjoy the High Holidays with their loved ones in Tishrei. He remarked that that goal is still achievable if people get the job at the earliest.
Bennett encouraged the citizens to protect themselves, the economy, their livelihood, and the health of their children, by getting the job. He further revealed that he had informed health funds to prepare to open hundreds of more inoculation complexes all over the country. This was to be done to ensure that all those seeking to get the booster shot are fully accommodated.
By the end of Friday, more than 20,000 Israelis, aged between 40 and 49 had made appointments to receive the third shot through either one of the four health funds in the country.