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More than 10,000 COVID-19 booster breakthroughs in Israel

Does this mean the vaccines don’t work?

The opposite is true, health experts say: 10,600 of the four million people who received the third shot are just 0.27%.

“No one said the vaccine is 100% capable of stopping infections,” emphasizes Prof. Cyrille Cohen, head of the immunology lab at Bar-Ilan University.

Breakthrough infections always occur after vaccination, usually in people with weaker immune systems, such as the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions ranging from HIV to cancer.

An illustrative photo of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.  (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
An illustrative photo of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

In addition, the Pfizer vaccines were not evaluated for the occurrence of infection, but rather for symptomatic or severe illness and death. And when it comes to these statistics, the vaccines seem to be doing their job – at least for now.

As more people in Israel received a third shot, the number of daily cases began to decline rapidly. In the second half of August, Israel had an average of 8,300 daily cases. Today Israel has an average of only 480.

The percentage of people who test positive for the virus has fallen from an average of more than 5% to 0.56%.

And hospital admissions have also fallen, affecting just 200 people on Friday – 20% of patients are in a mild condition.

The Ministry of Health showed that 12% of the hospitalized people have been fully vaccinated, that was 23 people on Friday. In contrast, 80% of the hospitalized people have not been vaccinated, that was 160 people on Friday.

But those numbers are even further apart than they seem, when you consider how many people are fully vaccinated and unvaccinated in Israel.

Twenty-three of the four million people vaccinated means that only 0.000575% were hospitalized. This is to be compared with 160 people out of 700,000 unvaccinated people, which is 0.02285714%.

“There is no cause for alarm,” Cohen said.