The police had previously decided to remove a couple of roadblocks on Sunday. This was the first working day of the third lockdown imposed in the country, owing to the rising coronavirus cases. Travel to work was eased with the removal of roadblocks, as well as the transportation of thousands of vaccines.
Reports had stated that nearly 100,000 to 500,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be shipped to the country in this week alone. In addition, 10 million doses will be brought in by the first week of March.
In other news, Yuli Edelstein, the Health Minister, as well as the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, were given their second doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer. They arrived at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer on Saturday night. After getting the vaccine administered, the two become the first Israelis to get the second dose of the vaccine. Previously, Edelstein and Netanyahu had also been the first to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
The Prime Minister stated that although he was experienced, his excitement knew no bounds. He noted that the country was leading globally where the rate of vaccinations are concerned. He further expressed hope that all the citizens about to receive the second dose are as excited as he is.
Netanyahu also announced that the new shipment will arrive soon and ‘Operation Getting Back to Life’ will slowly take form. He promised that the economy will reopen quickly as restaurants, bars, schools, gyms, theaters, and synagogues will be granted permission to operate once again.
However, the leader added that in order to do so, the citizens of the country must give him two things. One, they should ‘Give a Shoulder’, which is the name of Israel’s vaccination campaign, and adhere to the lockdown regulations to prevent the mutation of the virus. The Prime Minister encouraged his people to stand by him and fight the deadly disease together so that they could come out of it stronger.
The Health Ministry is soon going to be publishing a new list that will contain priority vaccinations. Just last week, the government declared that in the next round of vaccinations, teachers will be at the top of the list to receive their first doses of the vaccine. Second in line are people aged over 50.
Moreover, the Ministry has stated that with the amount of new doses expected to arrive in the country, young and healthy Israelis are likely to get vaccinated within the coming two or three weeks.
In the first three weeks of the vaccination campaign in Israel, 1.8 million people in total were given the first dose. Edelstein himself revealed these statistics stating that of these vaccinated people, 70% were those who are the most at risk. He further added that majority of the medical staff have been vaccinated, as well as the security forces. Like the Prime Minister, the Health Minister also stressed on public cooperation in following the coronavirus guidelines.