Getting vaccinated to limit infections: The vaccines for coronavirus are effective and safe. All HMOs have them available. On 23.11.2021, the vaccination of children 5-11 has started.

COVID-19 Vaccine for 12-Year-Olds and Older

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 use.
Updated information on the number of vaccinated individuals in Israel

Fourth Vaccine

In light of the spread of the Omicron variant that has led to the current infection wave, and that studies show that also led to the decline in protection against the virus also among fully vaccinated individuals compared to previous variants, the Ministry of Health's Director General has accepted the experts' recommendation to administer the fourth dose for those at highest risk for severe illness and death, for those aged 60 and older, for healthcare workers and for staff in health and social services facilities.
All the information on the fourth vaccine

Where do I get vaccinated?

You can schedule an appointment with your insuring HMO or to arrive in one of the vaccination centers that operate without advanced appointments.

In the map of vaccination centers, which is updated daily, you can choose your insuring HMO and see which HMO clinics administer vaccinations, or one of the Ministry of Health's vaccination sites.

To the list of vaccination centers

Information of vaccinations in the HMO centers

Furthermore, it was resolved to open vaccination compounds (for the Pfizer vaccine only) in malls throughout Israel serving anyone aged 5 and older, with no need for prior appointment, which will operate between 11:00-22:00. To check in which malls you can get vaccinated, check out the map of vaccination centers and in the "operator" selection choose "Ministry of Health".

To the map of vaccination centers

Who is eligible for vaccination?

All Israeli citizens aged 5 years and older are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19.

Further information on the pediatric vaccine

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.

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.
Children and teenagers under 18 can only be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.

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.

Fourth vaccine: It was approved to administer the fourth vaccination to high-risk populations and to healthcare workers.
All the information on the fourth vaccine

Booster dose brought forward

Due to the spread of the Omicron variant, the Ministry of Health's Director General has issued a directive for the administration of the third dose (the booster) to be brought forward for anyone who has yet to receive it, within 3 months from the second dose, rather than 5 months as was the protocol so far. This directive is aimed at raising the immune level of the entire population.
This directive applies to all vaccines administered in Israel, namely by Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca and any combination thereof. However, inasmuch as possible, it is recommended to be vaccinated with the same vaccine as in the first and second doses.
Those recognized as recovered who wish to be vaccinated with the third dose should be allowed to do so, at least 3 months after the second vaccination.

How do the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work?

Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines are based on nucleic acid (mRNA), a method which provides protection against infectious diseases. Conventional vaccines cause an immune response by introducing an inactivated or attenuated pathogen into the body. In contrast, vaccines based on nucleic acid teach the body cells to produce a protein, or a part thereof, that cause an immune response in the body.

The vaccine provides the body cells with the information on how to create a harmless particle of the spike protein. This protein is found on the outer membrane of coronavirus. When the vaccine is injected into a muscle, this information is transmitted to the cell in order to create the protein particle. Subsequently, this cell displays this protein on its outer membrane. The immune system recognized that this protein does not belong to the human body and creates antibodies, just like the body does after being infected with the virus. Shortly thereafter (within a matter of hours to several days), this molecule leaves the body.

How does the AstraZeneca vaccine work?

AstraZeneca's vaccine is an alternative for those suffering from certain heart conditions, for those who developed an exceptional response upon receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and for those with known intolerance to one of the components of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

This vaccine is based on the vector system – The injection of a harmless virus into the body, serving as a carrier of the protein spike, thereby teaching the body how to respond and the create the antibodies for the virus. Unlike the injection of an attenuated or a fully inactivated virus, the vector system only injects enough of the virus to cause an immune response in the body and to create the antibodies but not enough as to cause the body to develop the disease itself.

AstraZeneca's Vaccine

AstraZeneca's vaccine is an alternative for people with certain heart conditions, for people who experienced an acute response to the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and for those who are allergic to one of the components of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

This vaccine is based on a vector – a harmless virus is injected into the body. The virus contains the spike protein. It teaches the body how to fight the coronavirus and produce antibodies. Unlike the injection of an attenuated or an inactivated virus, in the vector approach only a small piece of the coronavirus is injected, enough to trigger an immune response in the body and produce antibodies, but not enough to cause a disease.   

 Are there side effects?

Common side effects 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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