The world’s first fully vaccinated ensemble

The world’s first fully vaccinated ensemble


norman lebrecht

March 26, 2021

That’s the claim made today by Kyril Zlotnikov on behalf of the Jerusalem Quartet.

Israel has jabbed more than 60 percent of its population.


  • vallance says:

    Just wait for them to drop out one by one as the vaccine takes effect…. it could happen as it has to many others worldwide, but hopefully this will not be the case.

  • phf655 says:

    Good news. They say that it is childish to say that something is the ‘best’ or ‘greatest’, but in my book this is the greatest string quartet presently active. In particular, their Shotakovich performances are harrowing and their Bartok performances exude color and emotion that others don’t find. And there is much more….

  • John Borstlap says:

    I Vaccinati.

  • David Rowe says:

    MAZEL TOV, guys – thanks for reminding us the end is really, finally, eventually in sight! We eagerly anticipate bringing you back to North America in October. 🙂

  • Couperin says:

    If only the USA had a population of 9 million, we would have vaccinated ourselves completely 5 times over. As it stands, we’ve already given nearly 10 Israel’s worth of first vaccinations (88 million). But I’m sure everyone will keep riding this “Israel vaccinating a huge percentage of their [tiny] population” thing until the cows come home. Heck, we are clear to vaccinating 2.5 million people a day here, should we report it as, “USA vaccinates over 1/4 of Israel’s population EVERY DAY!” My point is, there’s no way this is the first fully vaccinated ensemble.

  • Doc Martin says:

    UK has only vaccinated a mere 3m. 26m single doses in limbo is not vaccination. The 12 week regime is “off label”. I will only consent to receive a vaccination under the following terms:

    1. The vaccinator follows the correct standard regime as per manufacturer (and does not go “off label” with a 12 week gap), which invalidates the consent to vaccinate.
    2. The second dose is from the same technique and brand as the first.
    3. Full history is taken any contraindications eg Stevens Johnson syndrome are carefully observed. The Deltoid area is problematic, possible nerve damage, hence an alternative site should be chosen with those with SJS.
    4. Recent clots events possibly linked to vaccination site/injection technique, Denmark suggests aspiration before dosing, avoid blood vessels!
    5.Watch out for adverse reactions not listed in Yellow Cards.
    6 Vaccine resistance with variants may be a problem which is why vaccinating UK with only AZ is unwise. Others eg subunit may be better.

  • Doc Martin says:

    Vaccination attenuates covid-19 symptoms preventing you from ending up in ICU. Evidence for preventing transmission of sars-cov-2 still a moot point. Masks will be needed for the next decade for sure.

    • Hayne says:

      “Masks will be needed for the ext decade for sure.”
      Why? Where is the evidence?

    • Ashu says:

      [Masks will be needed for the next decade for sure.]

      These people aren’t going to let this go easily. But fewer are listening every day. This will quickly become a familiar endemic mental illness, alongside the endemic virus, to be lived with and all but forgotten.

  • Maria says:

    Yes, Israel has done well percentage-wise but it’s 60% of about 9 million, so about 5 million or so. In Britain we have vaccinated over 32 million once out of 67 million, and for the second jab, 3 million are done.

  • Phillip Rose says:

    Here’s the latest in a series of reports on the vaccine campaign in Israel. The author is Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli jazz musician and writer.

  • Ashu says:

    This should mean that the outrageous onstage inter-distancing of musicians themselves, so damaging to ensemble, can now be dispensed with, but as with masks, an ever smaller and ever more shrill and belligerent minority of fanatics will resist progress tooth and nail.