Coronavirus News Update – Oct 3: Israel to Require Booster Shot to be Considered Fully Vaccinated Going Forward

By Paul Riegler on 3 October 2021
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The Israeli government announced new criteria for determining vaccination status.  In order to be considered fully vaccinated, and hold a vaccination passport, most people will have to have had a third booster shot of vaccine.

The move makes Israel the first condition to condition fully vaccinated status on having had a booster.  To be considered fully vaccinated going forward, individuals must meet one of the following criteria: 1.) be 12 years of age or older and have received a booster shot at least one week ago, 2.) be within six months of having received a second inoculation of Covid vaccine, or 3.) be within six months of having tested positive for the coronavirus.

The news comes as another vaccination milestone was just reached in the United States: Over 200 million people there over 18 years of age have received at least an initial dose of coronavirus vaccine as of Saturday, while the total number of people who have been inoculated there is 214.8 million. Globally, that figure is 3.58 billion, representing 46.7% of the world’s population.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 235.5 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.8 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 212.4 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 108,009, a -27% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,882, an increase of -6% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 44.49 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 719,674. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.8 million, and a death toll of 448,888, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 214.87 million people in the United States – or 64.7% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 55.7%, or 185.1 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 394.7 million. Breaking this down further, 77.5% of the population over the age of 18 – or 200.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 67.1% of the same group – or 173.2 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Officials in New Zealand said that all foreign nationals who wish to enter the country will have to have proof that they are fully vaccinated.   “To further reduce the possibility of the virus getting through our border, we are introducing the requirement for air travellers aged 17 and over, who are not New Zealand citizens, to be fully vaccinated to enter New Zealand,” said  the country’s Covid-19 response minister, Chris Hipkins.  The new requirement goes into effect on November 1.

Finally, news that fully vaccinated travelers from India and many African countries will nonetheless face mandatory quarantine in the United Kingdom, despite a relaxation of the country’s inbound travel rules, has caused an outcry.  Britain’s updated travel advisory will go into effect on Monday.  Visitors from its list of “high risk” countries – which includes India, most Latin American nations, and 20 countries in Africa – will still have to quarantine in a hotel for ten days even if fully vaccinated.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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