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

COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine components of four companies have been approved for use in Israel for protection from coronavirus, by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Novavax. 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 >

Novavax's vaccine:

Anyone aged 12 and older - The vaccine will be administered in two doses, with an interval of 21 days between the first and second doses. This vaccine can be given as a booster dose to those who have received two or three doses of a non-Novavax vaccine. The third dose has not been approved yet.

Omicron-specific vaccine:

 Over the next few days the HMOs will begin to vaccinate with a vaccine compatible with the Omicron variants, of the Pfizer company. The new vaccine is expected to provide a more significant protection from these variants, and possibly for a longer period of time. 

Anyone aged 12 and older can be vaccinated in the following cases:

• Those who have been vaccinated twice or more with the original variants, and at least 3 months have passed since the last vaccination.
• Those who have recovered from COVID and at least 3 months have passed since the date of recovery.
• Those who have recovered from COVID and are vaccinated, and at least 3 months have passed since the date of the last vaccination or the recovery.

Please note, there is no combined vaccine against COVID and flu, and these are two different vaccines. It is possible to get vaccinated at the clinic with both vaccines.

Who is recommended to receive the new vaccine?

• Those aged 65 and older
At-risk Groups
• Medical teams
• Patients and workers in "Magen Avot veImahot" institutions
• Patients and workers in Ministry of Welfare institutions
• Caregivers of individuals who belong to high risk groups

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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