So far this month, 20 people have died of the virus in Israel. Fifteen of the 20 people who died were fully vaccinated. Some 143 Israelis were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday 21st July 2021, according to the Health Ministry. Fifty-eight percent of them were vaccinated, 39% were not and 3% were partially vaccinated, meaning they had taken one dose or a full week had not passed since their second shot.
The effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against the Delta variant is “weaker” than health officials had hoped, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Friday, as over 1,000 people tested positive for coronavirus and more countries were added to the list of places to which Israelis will be banned from travelling.
“We do not know exactly to what degree the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less,” Bennett said.