Israel PM Tells Teens to Vaccinate Quickly Before Doses Expire
(Bloomberg) -- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett urged teenagers to get vaccinated for the coronavirus as a new outbreak spreads, saying the country’s stock of Pfizer Inc.- BioNTech SE vaccine would expire soon.
“There is enough for everyone, but there is a catch: their expiry date is coming up soon, and after that, there won’t be sufficient vaccine available for everyone,” Bennett said in a video message on Twitter.
The last date to get the first dose of vaccine is July 9, and a second three weeks later, the prime minister said.
Israel has had one of the world’s most effective coronavirus inoculation drives. While the vaccine became available to 12-15 year olds in May, immunization rates for that age group have been relatively low as cases in Israel waned.
But there’s been a surge in cases in recent weeks linked to the delta variant that’s already prompted the government to renew mask-wearing orders indoors.
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