Israeli Teens Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Teenagers between 16 and 18 years of age receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Jerusalem, Sunday, January 24.

Israel expanded its COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday to include teenagers in what the government described as an effort to enable their attendance at school exams.

The Health Ministry says Israel has given at least one dose to more than 25% of its population of 9 million since December 19.

Despite an impressive vaccine rollout, Israel is in the midst of a third lockdown to try to stop the growing number of cases.

Demonstrations were held in ultra-orthodox neighborhoods in Israel against the coronavirus restrictions.

Hundreds of men clashed with police who attempted to shut down a religious seminary that had opened illegally.

Many Israelis are angry that some of the ultra-Orthodox, who make up about 12% of the Israeli population, but 40% of the new coronavirus cases, have been flouting the rules. They have kept many of their schools and synagogues open, and even had large gatherings for weddings or funerals.

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