Jerusalem, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- Almost half of all Israelis have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the latest health ministry data Friday.
Israeli health authorities said 44% percent of its nine million people have had two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 jab and 55% have had one dose.
The percentage of positive tests in Israel has fallen from 8% to 3.1% in the space of a month amid one of the most advanced vaccine rollouts in the world.
The average age of those testing positive for Covid-19 is also descending in Israel with the vast majority of older people already vaccinated.
In recent months the number of seriously ill Covid-19 patients has dropped from 1,000 to 600.
With this data in mind, the government last Sunday decided to permit the reopening of bars, cafes and restaurants across the country as part of Israel’s tentative return toward normality.
The reopening of the country is currently tilted to the benefit of people who have been fully vaccinated and who carry the so-called green pass, which grants them access to gyms, swimming pools and hotels.EFE-EPA