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There are very pleasing statistics coming from Hadassah Medical Centre as the vaccination campaign appears to be working, according to data released last Thursday by Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Segal has been tracking virus trends since the start of the pandemic:
- He wrote on Twitter that since the peak of morbidity in mid-January, there has been a 38% decrease in the number of patients in serious condition and a 40% decrease in the number of deaths among the population over age 60.
- He also said there are 58% fewer new older patients, and 44% fewer hospitalisations in general. “About three weeks ago, they started receiving their second vaccine dose,” Segal wrote.
- The Health Ministry showed that 86% of people over age 60 had been vaccinated as of Thursday morning.
- So far, the government has distributed six million vaccines to 3.7 million people, among them two million who already received their second dose more than a week ago and qualified for a vaccination certificate.
A vaccination certificate, not to be confused with a “green passport,” exempts these individuals from isolation if they come in contact with an infected person or return from abroad.
The Health Ministry had hoped to see 200,000 people inoculated per day, but numbers have started to decline, especially among the young population that recently became eligible to vaccinate.
Some 5,635 people were diagnosed with coronavirus on Wednesday, the Health Ministry reported on Thursday. At press time, there were 992 patients in serious condition and the death toll stood at 5,272.
Hadassah-University Medical Centre announced on Thursday that it had vaccinated 92.3% of its staff – more than any other hospital in the country. Specifically, 95% of physicians, 92% of nurses and 90% of managerial and other support staff have been jabbed.
“We will continue vaccinating hospital staff until we’re done,” said Prof. Zeev Rotstein, Director General of Hadassah Hospitals, Jerusalem.
The original article by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, Rossella Tercatin appeared in the Jerusalem Post
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