The IDF has announced that it’s the first army in the world to reach herd immunity thanks to its vaccination campaign.
“After 10 weeks, I can declare that the IDF is the first military in the world to reach herd immunity,” Maj. Gen. Itzik Turgeman, head of the IDF’s Technology and Logistics Directorate, said Wednesday.
Turgeman says 81% of Israel’s military has received the coronavirus vaccine, caught the virus and built up antibodies as a result or both contracted the virus and received an injection.
“We set ourselves the goal of vaccinating the IDF as soon as possible.” Turgeman told reporters, “We estimated that the operation would last 8-10 weeks, and today we are finishing the tenth week, we did it in the shortest time, accurately.” Turgeman added.
Seventy-four percent of military personnel have received both doses of the vaccine and 83% one dose, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office reported on Thursday.
“Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in the IDF, there were 149 cases in the army. Three weeks ago, the number of patients in the IDF stood at a record 2,033,” Kan News reports.