President Herzog gets 4th Covid vaccination from Arab Israeli nurse, warns country omicron will hit every household

January 6, 2022 by Gil Tanenbaum - TPS
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The President of Israel Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog visited the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Centre yesterday to launch its fourth COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

President Herzog receives his fourth vaccination Photo: Haim Zac

While there, the two themselves received their fourth vaccination (second booster) against COVID-19. The President was vaccinated by the head nurse of Internal Medicine Department A, Abd Mahmid al-Salem.

The fourth round of Coronavirus vaccinations is being administered in Israel to people over the age of 60 and medical workers. President Herzog is 61.

President Herzog addressed citizens of Israel in Hebrew, English, and Arabic, saying, “Omicron is spreading throughout Israel and may reach every house in Israel. There is no other choice—go out and get vaccinated!”

This comes as Israel recorded the highest number of new daily Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases since the pandemic first hit two years ago. There were 11,978 new cases registered in a single day, as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads. The number could even break 12,000.

Israel’s Ministry of Health recorded the R coefficient on Tuesday at 1.94, which is considered to be high. This means that each infected person is expected to infect almost 2 other people on average.

Some 189,700 corona tests were performed on Tuesday, with a 6.65% positive rate, for a four-month high.

125 patients are hospitalized in serious condition, 53 of them on life support. While these numbers are still low and manageable, the number of new patients admitted in the past week constitutes a 42.6% increase.

A total of 48,376 cases were registered over the past seven days, a 256.8% increase over the week before that.

Director-General of Hadassah, Professor Yoram Weiss, declared during the President’s visit that Hadassah Hospital is ready to serve the residents of Jerusalem, especially in tackling the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinating patients, employees, and the public.
Reiterating what Israel’s leaders have been saying for some time, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, he called on all people who have yet to do so to get vaccinated saying, “Everyone who is exposed to the danger of COVID and meets the criteria—come and get vaccinated.”

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