Worrying Trend In Nation That Has Vaccinated Half The Population

One country has vaccinated half its population. But a “big mistake” is worrying virus watchers – and it could have implications for Australia.

It has become the star of the vaccination world. Before Australia has put a single jab in a single arm, Israel has already managed to administer 45 per cent of its population with at least one vaccination vial.

That’s more than double the rate of the UK – which is having a bad pandemic but a good vaccination rollout – and other high inoculation nations including the US, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

But public health watchers in Israel are now beginning to fret. While take up of the vaccination was initially sky high, fewer and fewer people are now turning up each day for their shot.

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“At the beginning of the campaign we got used to inoculating between 100,000 and 120,000 people per day, and in the last few days we are barely reaching half of those figures,” Kalanit Kaye, the manager of vaccinations at healthcare provider Clalit Health Services told the Times of Israel.



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“We are prepared, our centres are big and accessible, vaccines are being given for free, so I don’t understand the people who don’t come to get the shot. It’s a big mistake.”

Politicians had imagined the success of the vaccination program would keep numbers high. Now authorities are resorting to bribing people with promises of pizzas and stews to get them along to vaccination stations.

The blame, at least partly, appears to lie with anti-vaxxers stoking fears within the country of nine million.

There are concerns the increased reluctance to be vaccinated outside the most at risk groups could be repeated worldwide. And the fewer people get the jab, the less likely the goal of herd immunity will be reached.

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On almost every metric, Israel’s vaccination campaign has been extraordinary.

It’s given jabs to almost four million people, more than larger countries such as Germany, France and Indonesia that currently have inoculation programs under way.

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Of those four million people, almost half have now had two doses.

Israel has vaccinated fewer people overall than the US or the UK, but proportionally it’s streets ahead of everyone.

According to Our World in Data figures Israel’s 45 per cent of the population who have at least one shot outshines Britain’s 21 per cent in second place.

Israel has needed it. Its third wave has been brutal with 8000 new cases a day in mid-January and 20 per cent of its 5400 deaths in the past month.