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More younger Israelis now being hospitalized for COVID than those 60-plus

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More young Israelis are being hospitalized for COVID-19 than older ones, according to new data suggesting that Israel’s vaccination campaign may be having an effect.

As of Wednesday, the number of Israelis under the age of 60 who were newly hospitalized for COVID-19 has surpassed the number of new hospitalizations among those 60 and up.

There were 708 new hospitalizations among the younger group and 575 for the older group. The change first occurred on February 4 and the gap appears to be widening since.

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The figure represents the total of new hospitalizations for the preceding week. There are 1,598 Israelis in hospitals — more than the sum of new hospitalizations, because many patients remain in the hospital for over a week. Figures collated by Oxford-based Our World in Data show hospitalization rates in Israel. (Courtesy)

Israel mainly uses the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, which requires two doses several weeks apart for its full effect, but appears to start to provide some protection days after receiving the first dose.

As of February 6, the most recent day the data was available by age group, 90% of........

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