COVID booster shots raise protection against severe illness to 97% — TV
More than 10,000 daily cases recorded as infections spike in Haredi communities, where schools opened up two weeks agoBy AMY SPIRO 25 August 2021, 10:56 pm
A woman receives a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, at a Meuhedet vaccination center in Jerusalem, on August 24, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
After 16 days, a third coronavirus vaccine dose boosts protection against severe illness from the virus to 97 percent, according to Health Ministry figures cited by Channel 12 news on Wednesday night.
The network also said that 16 days after the booster shot is administered, protection against infection jumps to 95%. According to the report, while the level of antibodies is considerably higher within seven days of the shot, they appear to reach their peak after 16 days.
More than 1.7 million Israelis have received a booster dose since the shots first became available on August 1. As of Tuesday, the third doses are available to all Israelis over the age of 30. More than 70% of those over the age of 70 have already received a third dose of the vaccine.
More than 10,000 people in Israel tested positive for COVID on Tuesday, according to revised Health Ministry statistics published on Wednesday evening — the highest one-day figure so far during the fourth wave, and close to the record for a one-day new case total set in January.
As of Wednesday evening, there were 75,403 active COVID cases in Israel, with 1,084 hospitalized, 688 in serious condition, and 139 of them on ventilators. On Wednesday morning and afternoon, 12 people with COVID died, while 25 died on Tuesday and 20 died on Monday.