The Ministry of Health has provided an update indicating a moderate rise in the number of COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospitals in Israel. Most of these cases are categorized as mild, but there has also been an increase in patients classified as severe, alongside a slight uptick in virus-related fatalities.
According to the Ministry of Health, various virus variants, including subvariants of omicron, are contributing to morbidity both within Israel and globally. The ministry is strongly recommending vaccination for the entire population, with a particular emphasis on individuals with compromised immune systems.
Starting after Sukkos, those aged 12 and older in Israel will have the opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Priority will be given to those at risk of severe illness, regardless of their prior vaccination history or the number of vaccine doses received. As additional vaccine supplies become available, eligibility for vaccination will be expanded to other groups.
The Ministry of Health is also advising the public to consider receiving a booster dose during the autumn months, ideally in conjunction with getting the annual flu vaccine. Subsequently, as more vaccine shipments arrive, a wider range of individuals will become eligible for vaccination.