An official in the high-level coronavirus cabinet, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells the Kan public broadcaster that the government will wait and see what the effects of the third vaccine booster shot are before declaring a nationwide lockdown.
“The chances of a lockdown in August are slim,” the official says. “The assessment is that they’ll wait two weeks to see if the third shot helps bring down serious cases among the over 60s and if we see a wave of vaccinations among teenagers. If that doesn’t happen, the question is not if there will be a lockdown, but when.”
Booster jabs may be extended to younger Israelis
At the last Corona Cabinet meeting on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett raised the possibility that Israel would soon advance to a 40-60-year-old vaccine with third impulse injections – but the head of public health services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sharon Elrai Price, reacted and cooled Bennett’s initiative