COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is effective and safe for use, approved and available in all HMOs. Everyone 12 years of age and older can get a vaccine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The vaccine for coronavirus is effective and safe for use. The vaccine was approved by the the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More than 2.5 billion people have been vaccinated around the world. According to studies recently conducted by the Clalit and Maccabi HMOs, unvaccinated individuals were up to five times more likely to develop post-infection complications in comparison to vaccinated individuals. Moreover, those vaccinated with the third dose were far less likely to get infected.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Make an appointment with your HMO or go to one of the vaccination centers that welcome walk-ins.

HMOs
Other vaccination centers (walk-ins welcome)

List of vaccination centers (HE)

See a map of vaccination centers (HE)

What does the vaccine contain?

The coronavirus vaccine is based on strands of nucleic acids (mRNA); this type of vaccine has been found to provide protection against infectious diseases. The more common vaccines cause an immune reaction by injecting a dead or weakened pathogen into the body. Vaccines that are based on nucleic acids (mRNA) give instructions for the cells in your body on how to make a protein, or a piece of a protein, that causes an immune reaction in the body. Over the course of this reaction, antibodies are produced, which protect us if we are exposed to the virus. Shortly after that (between a few hours to a few days), the mRNA molecules break down and the cell disposes of them.

How does the vaccine work?

The vaccine provides body cells with instructions on how to make a harmless piece of the spike protein. This protein is found in the outer membrane of the coronavirus. Once the vaccine is injected into the muscle, instructions are transmitted to the cell and it starts to make the protein piece. The cell displays the spike protein piece on its outer surface. The immune system detects that the protein does not belong to the cell and produces antibodies, the same way the body does after being infected with the virus. 

How many doses do I need?

Three doses of the vaccine are given. The third dose is a booster, given five months after the second dose.

Will everyone be vaccinated?

The majority of the Israeli population will be vaccinated. Children 12 years of age and younger will not be vaccinated at this stage.

Is there any chance that the vaccine will make me sick with COVID-19?

No. The vaccine does not contain the live coronavirus or any part of it.

If I have been vaccinated, can I stop wearing masks and practicing social distancing?

It is important to follow restrictions, which are updated regularly. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask indoors, sanitize hands frequently, and practice social distancing: two meters from other people. Although the vaccine protects us from COVID-19, it is not full proof. The vaccine plus practicing hygiene rules increases protection.