Bennett urges Israelis to get vaccinated to defeat the delta variant that has caused an increase in cases
Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned that another lockdown would "destroy the future of the country" during a press conference Wednesday on the current coronavirus situation.
Calling a fourth nationwide closure "the last line of defense," Bennett urged Israelis to get vaccinated in order to defeat the delta variant that has caused an uptick in cases since the end of June.
A lockdown is still an option, but only as a “last possible resort, only once all the other options have been tried," the prime minister said.
Bennett praised the decision on Wednesday by the US to start administering booster shoots to all Americans on September 20, pending approval by regulatory agencies.
"We now know that the third dose not only protects us as the second dose does, but even gives us better protection," Bennett said. "There is no room for two opinions here — there is science here. The facts are that vaccines save lives. More than a million Israelis have been vaccinated with the third dose, but many have not yet done so. I call on those who have not yet been fully vaccinated to do so immediately."
Initial results from a study on the third vaccine showed that the booster was 86 percent effective in people aged over 60.
Israel recently lowered the eligibility age to 50 plus for the booster shot and is considering lowering the age bracket to 40 and up, with the 49-year-old Bennett saying that he would participate when that happens.