A senior health ministry official said on Friday that the vast majority of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in serious condition had not been vaccinated.

Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health at the Department of Health, told Channel 12 that almost all ventilator patients were not vaccinated.

In addition, of the 27 patients connected to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines, most of whom are under the age of 60, 90% have not been vaccinated, according to Ms. Alroy-Preis.

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Unlike respirators which simply assist breathing, ECMO machines provide cardiac and respiratory support by oxygenating the patient’s blood outside the body and are used for the most severe cases.

“If you look at critically ill patients, you definitely see a slowdown [des taux] and that’s what we expected, ”said Alroy-Preis, before stressing the need for vaccination.

“It is important to stress that the critically ill patients currently in hospitals are mostly unvaccinated,” she said. ” [Parmi les cas graves], there are 175 ventilator patients, and two-thirds of them are not vaccinated at all. Of the 27 people connected to ECMO machines, most of whom are under 60, 90% are not vaccinated. It’s about saving lives. “

The majority of adults in Israel have received the vaccine, so the high percentage of unvaccinated patients on ventilators or ECMO machines is a clear sign of the vaccine’s effectiveness.

Sharon Alroy-Preis, Head of Public Health Services in the Ministry of Health, during a press conference in Jerusalem, June 23, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)

Figures released by the Health Ministry on Friday show that among people under the age of 60, those who have not received the third dose of the vaccine are nearly three times more likely to become seriously ill, and those who have not received the third dose of the vaccine. have not received any vaccine doses face about 10 times the risk.

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