This study is part of the series "No one is safe until everyone is safe - Global perspectives on Covid-19 vaccination" by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung's European Union and Washington, DC offices.
The rate of COVID-19 vaccination in Israel is one of the highest in the world. However, vaccine rates are not evenly distributed among the different population groups. Arab citizens and the Ultra-Orthodox population, who have suffered the most from the pandemic, are vaccinated at lower rates than the general public. Moreover, social media disinformation campaigns that have characterized the COVID-19 pandemic in Israel, in general, and the vaccine, in particular, has been one of the causes of vaccine hesitancy.
Table of contents
State of the COVID-19 pandemic in Israel
Current state of vaccine deployment in the country
BriLife, a vector-based Israeli vaccine
Which vaccines are used and who provides them?
When were COVID-19 vaccines approved in Israel?
Why was a certain vaccine chosen over others?
Are vaccines free of charge for the whole population?
Which timeline will vaccinations follow, and when are vaccines expected to be widely available to the general public?
What are the expected consequences of the vaccine deployment for the economic outlook in Israel?
Cultural and socio-political implications regarding vaccine acceptance
Is vaccination mandatory?
What is the vaccination status of the population with respect to other diseases that might serve as examples?
Is disinformation about vaccines a relevant factor?
Expectations from international actors
How have political alliances played out in the vaccination context?