Israel President Reuvlin Rivlin was vaccinated at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem on Sunday, December 20. According to press statements, his visit "will mark the beginning of the process of vaccinating the medical teams and to congratulate them on their outstanding work during the fight against coronavirus in Israel."
President Reuvlin was one of the first Israelis to be vaccinated, followed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edlstein, all of whom were vaccinated live on television.
According to international press reports, over the past 10 days, Israel has vaccinated over 500,000 people, or nearly 6% of the population. More Israelis now have been vaccinated than have caught the virus, including 25% of those aged 60 and above.
According to Prof. Allon Moses, DIrector of Hadassah Medical Organization's (HMO) Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, "It's really been treated like a war...and Israel is experienced in battle."