Getting vaccinated to limit infections: The vaccines for coronavirus are effective and safe. All HMOs have them available.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Three vaccines have been approved for use in Israel for protection from coronavirus, by Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. All of these vaccines were approved by the FDA (the American Food and Drug Administration), having been found to be effective and safe.

For the most recent figures on the vaccination rate in Israel >

Additional information on vaccine types and how they work >

Where do I get vaccinated

You can schedule an appointment with your insuring HMO.

In the map of vaccination centers, which is updated daily, you can choose your insuring HMO and see which HMO clinics administer vaccinations.

To the list of vaccination centers >

Information of vaccinations in the HMO centers

Who is eligible for vaccination?

  • All Israeli citizens aged six months and older are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19.

Information on vaccines for toddlers age 6 months to 5 years old >

Information on vaccines for children and teens age 5 to 18 years old >

  • Even those who recovered from COVID-19 can get vaccinated if at least 3 months have passed since their date of recovery or the date of their positive result on a serologic test.
  • Regardless of recovery, the vaccine will be available for infants from the age of six months to five years old.

How many vaccine doses will I receive?

Pfizer's vaccine:

Anyone aged 12 and older: The vaccine will be administered in two doses spaced 21 days apart, and after at least three months they will receive the booster dose.

Moderna's vaccine:

Anyone aged 18 and older: The vaccine will be administered in two doses spaced 28 days apart, and after at least three months they will receive the booster dose.

AstraZeneca's vaccine:

Anyone aged 18 and older: The vaccine will be administered in two doses spaced 28 days apart. The booster dose has not been approved yet.

AstraZeneca's passive vaccine:

immunocompromised individuals from age 12 - two subsequent injections.

Information on the number of doses for toddlers ages 6 months to 5 years >

Information on the number of doses for children and teens ages 5 to 18 years >

Fourth Vaccine

The fourth vaccination is allowed for anyone aged 18 and older who has pre-existing conditions and risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness, for their caregivers and for anyone else at high risk for exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 patient in their line of work. Studies show that those vaccinated with the fourth vaccine are twice as protected against infection than those vaccinated with three doses, and 3 to 5 times better protected from severe illness compared to those vaccinated with three doses.

Who can receive the fourth vaccine?

  • At-risk Groups

List of at-risk groups >

  • Immunosuppressed individuals

Immunosuppressed individuals who will receive the fourth dose include recipients of organ transplants, patients suffering from hemato-oncologic diseases and other malignant diseases, dialysis patients, patients suffering from rheumatologic or auto-immune disease, sclerosis multiple patients and others.

Immunosuppressed individuals will be eligible for vaccination with the fourth dose even if they have recovered from COVID-19.

To the full list of cases in which vaccination with the fourth dose  has been recommended >

  • Patients and workers in “Magen Avot v’Imahot”

Patients in all geriatric health and social services facilities included in "Magen Avot veImahot" program, including geriatric hospitals, assisted living facilities, residential facilities and hostels for those struggling with mental health issues are eligible to receive the fourth vaccine.

Staff in those facilities are also eligible to receive the fourth vaccine if they so choose.

  • Adults over the age of 60
  • Healthcare workers
  • Caregivers of individuals who belong to high risk groups
  • Those who are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 in their line of work

When is the fourth dose administered?

The fourth dose is administered at least 4 months from the date of the third dose.

The type of vaccine administered in the fourth vaccination

It is preferable to administer a fourth dose of a mRNA-based vaccine (namely, the vaccines by Pfizer or Moderna), preferably a vaccine from the same Manufacturer of the first three doses. However, the fourth vaccine dose can also be administered with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The fourth vaccine will be administered at the similar dosage as the third vaccine, save for the Moderna vaccine that will be administered at half the dosage (similar to the third dose by Moderna, subject to the Manufacturer's indications).

Are there side effects?

Common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines usually start within one or two days after vaccination. Common side effects include pain at the injection site, fever, headaches, muscle pain, and chills.

Report possible side effects >

In any case, you are not at any risk for developing COVID-19 due to vaccination. The vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna do not contain coronavirus or any part thereof whatsoever. The AstraZeneca vaccine contains a part of the virus protein carried on the back of a different harmless virus, and therefore it cannot cause COVID-19.

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