Majority of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Israel are fully vaccinated

Monday, August 16, 2021

In a TV interview with Dr. Kobi Haviv, medical director of Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem, he said, “85 to 90 percent of the hospitalizations are in fully vaccinated people,” and “95 percent of the severe patients are vaccinated.”

Haviv says that the rising cases of vaccinated people getting COVID-19 disease (also known as breakthrough cases) can be due to the waning effectiveness of the vaccine [we have reported about this in the article Pfizer’s efficacy drops in Israel, cannot prevent people from getting COVID Delta variant].

According to Prof. Ran Balicer, a health physician and chair of Israel’s COVID-19 National Experts Team, breakthrough cases were seen at a higher rate than what was expected. He said, “We saw more breakthrough cases than we expected. So we didn’t see just illness among the unvaccinated … what we’ve seen was more and more cases among the vaccinated as well.”

Despite the rise in COVID cases and hospitalizations, experts are saying that fatality rates have remained low.

And if there is any attempt to equate the low mortality rate of Israel to the country’s high vaccination, we suggest you read the article COVID Case fatality rate has been stagnant since November 2020 to see the truth.