Due to an early and rapid vaccine roll-out, Israel was leading the way for COVID-19 immunisation, with nearly 80 per cent of its citizens aged 12 and over fully inoculated by June. However, cases numbers and rates of hospitalisations began to rapidly rise again by late June with Israel recording its highest single-day spike with 16,011 new infections on September 1.

As Australia works its way towards reopening, this article discusses the important lessons we can learn from Israel’s vaccination program. Professor Lewin, Director of The Doherty Institute commented “What we’ve learned from [Israel], and what’s consistent with the modelling is that even at 80 per cent, you need to have some public health measures in place to contain the transmission,”

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ABC News: Israel is struggling with COVID-19, despite high vaccination rates. What lessons can Australia learn?