Professor Yaakov Jerris, the Director of a coronavirus ward in an Israeli hospital, has said between 70% and 80% of the serious cases in his hospital are vaccinated and that the vaccine has “no significance regarding severe illness”. Israel National News has the story.
Are Israeli hospitals really overloaded with unvaccinated Covid patients? According to Professor Yaakov Jerris, Director of Ichilov Hospital’s coronavirus ward, the situation is completely opposite.
“Right now, most of our severe cases are vaccinated,” Jerris told Channel 13 News. “They had at least three injections. Between seventy and eighty percent of the serious cases are vaccinated. So, the vaccine has no significance regarding severe illness, which is why just 20% to 25% of our patients are unvaccinated.”
Why are these figures so different to the England figures, where the latest ICNARC data show that in December, 61% of ICU patients were unvaccinated? Is Professor Jerris’s experience unusual, or is he mistaken, or is there something wrong with the England figures? Or is there a real difference between the two countries for a reason not yet explained?
Israel is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, having moved early with third doses and more recently fourth doses. Yet its current daily Covid death toll is the highest it’s been during the pandemic. Is it because many of the deaths are incidental Covid deaths from other causes, or is there some other reason? In light of what Prof. Jerris says, how many of them are vaccinated? There are many questions still to be answered.
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