A few months into the new year, it is apparent that the Coronavirus continues to impact our daily lives. Whilst the virus is still posing a real threat, hope has been renewed as vaccines have been developed and approved. As these vaccines are starting to be administered globally, Israel continues to lead the way as the country providing the highest ratio of vaccinations to citizens.
Coronavirus Vaccination Israel
According to the current regulations in Israel, as of February 2021, vaccinations are provided to everyone above the age of 16 (click here for information about Coronavirus vaccine for foreigners). The ultimate goal is to vaccinate most of the population in order to reach a state of herd immunization. Those who have been vaccinated are still required to take precautions such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
For more information from the Ministry of Health regarding COVID19 vaccines please click here.
Precautions To Take If Not Yet Vaccinated
If you have not yet received the vaccine, it is especially important to take extra precautions to protect yourself, as well as others, from becoming unwell. You can do this by:
- Protecting your immune system by eating healthily, exercising, and taking Vitamin D supplements.
- Frequent handwashing, using alcohol gel, disinfecting surfaces
- Wearing face masks in public areas, maintaining social distancing
For more detailed information visit our blogpost: How to stay safe – medical tips.
Coronavirus Symptoms – What We Know In Early 2021
There are a host of symptoms that could be related to the Coronavirus.
The main ones are; Fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat & fatigue.
In addition, runny nose, headaches, diarrhea, vomiting & loss of taste/smell are also possible indicators of The Coronavirus.
Coronavirus Test – How To Get Tested
If you are experiencing any of the abovementioned symptoms, it is worthwhile to get tested. Covid 19 PCR tests for Israeli citizens are provided free of charge by the HMO’s.
For anyone without Israeli citizenship, Tel Aviv Doctor assists in arranging testing through a partner company. For more information please click here and feel free to contact us with any further questions.
Outlook – What To Expect In 2021
As of this writing, Israel is still locked down to some extent, and travelling to and from abroad is all but halted. Still, with the vaccination campaign ongoing, and some of the lockdown measures already lifted, there is reason to expect further ‘normalization’ of public life over the coming weeks.
Travelling as we knew it pre-Coronavirus still seems far away, mainly because of the fear that the immunity developed thanks to the current vaccine does not cover all strains and mutations of the Coronavirus. Thus the vaccination campaign’s success would be nulled once such a new strain of Coronavirus managed to spread in Israel.
We will keep posting in our blog about relevant news regarding all medical aspects regarding Coronavirus in Israel, with information for travellers, tourists, expats and diplomats in Israel.
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