Despite High Vaccination Rate, Israel Sees Dramatic Increase In COVID-19 Cases; Here’s Why

by Tania Tarafdar
Despite High Vaccination Rate, Israel Sees Dramatic Increase In COVID-19 Cases; Here’s Why

Israel is one of the first countries in the world to have fully vaccinated the majority of its population. To everyone’s surprise, Israel now has one of the highest infection rates. Israel has been consistently reporting 500 confirmed cases a day and one in every 150 people in Israel has the virus. But what could be the possible reason for the surge in cases despite vaccination? Here are the possible conclusions.

1. The Immunity Achieved With Vaccine Wears Out With Time

Israel had vaccinated about half of its population by March and had removed almost all the restrictions by June. But as the vaccine’s protection dipped around six months after receiving the second shot, Israelis had to re-think their strategy. The Delta variant is to blame for the surge in COVID-19 cases. In fact, Delta accounts for nearly all infections in Israel today.

2.  Israel’s Vaccinated Population Isn’t High Enough

About 78% of the adult population in Israel is vaccinated. However, those between the ages of 12 and 20 contribute to a major chunk of the population in Israel. This means that Israel’s vaccinated population is not high enough. Israeli Inventors Design Face Mask For Eating Out Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.

3. Israel Is Not Imposing Strict Restrictions

Israel is trying to slow down infections without imposing a new lockdown. While the country is placing caps on gatherings and pleading for unvaccinated people to get immunised, it doesn’t seem to be enough. Israel should impose stricter restrictions in public places to control the spread of the virus.

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4. Two Doses Of Vaccination Does Not Defeat Delta Variant

To control the spread of the virus, Israel is now offering a third shot of the Pfizer vaccine in a nationwide booster campaign. Booster shots significantly increase protection against COVID-19. According to experts, a booster shot can reduce the chances of infection by 86%. The UK and Turkey also promised a booster Pfizer shot to help citizens planning to travel.

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Conclusion: While lockdown is not a solution, the triple dose can help curb the current infection outbreak in Israel and the rest of the world.