The experts said we’d get back to normal when enough of us got vaccinated. They promised we could start socializing again, stop wearing the masks. Well, it hasn’t turned out that way for Israel, which has one of the highest fully vaccinated rates in the world at 62% fully vaccinated. The predominant (only?) vaccine there is Pfizer/BioNTech’s.
According to CNN on Aug 5, 2021:
“Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is warning that Israelis over 60 are at risk unless they go get their third booster shot immediately.
“In a recorded audio message meant to be forwarded to friends and family, Bennett said that in the next two to three weeks anyone who is over the age of 60 and has not yet received their third vaccine is six times more likely to become seriously ill from the coronavirus, compared to those who are five days past their third shot.
“Bennett warned that all those over the age of 60 take extreme caution until they get their third dose, including not being in crowded places, and only seeing their grandchildren outside and masked.
“Israel is facing a new wave of infections, with 3,430 testing positive on Wednesday according to the Israeli Ministry of Health, while 250 people are listed as in serious condition. Two weeks ago, that figure stood at 62.”
The article also mentions that if you’re traveling to Israel from the U.S., you have to quarantine upon arrival, even if you’re vaccinated. Gee, that makes me think they don’t have much faith in the vaccine. I’m guessing the quarantine is for 10-14 days.
I wonder if U.S. businesses and governments requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees (and customers) will change course with all the recent news about disappointing effectiveness.
Nah…their bloated egos will not allow.
Steve Parker, M.D.