Israel recommended that all people over the age of 60 receive a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine of Pfizer-BioNTech, amid concerns about the rapid spread of Omicron variant.
According to a statement from the Health Ministry, those over 60, medical personnel and those with a weakened immune system will be eligible for a fourth dose as long as four months have passed since the third dose.
The recommended gap between a second and third dose will also be reduced from five to three months. The Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, welcomed the recommendation and encouraged citizens to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. “Wonderful news, don’t waste time, go get vaccinated,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
They recognize Israel’s efforts against COVID-19
Bennett also applauded Israel’s efforts to combat the virus thus far, saying the country remains “at the forefront of the global effort to deal with the pandemic.”
“The citizens of Israel were the first in the world to receive the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and we continue to pioneer the fourth dose as well,” he said. And so far, that has been the case.
AmericanPost.News reports that when it comes to COVID-19, Israel appears to be leading the way, the rest of the world is following, with the country offering other nations a glimpse into the future of the pandemic for nearly a year.
Israel has been at the forefront of adult and adolescent vaccine launches, pioneered a vaccine passport, and in recent months has spearheaded the use of booster vaccines.
Strengthening the COVID-19 vaccine in Israel
In late July, the country began offering boosters of the vaccine to those over 60; Since the end of August, the boosters are available to anyone over the age of 16, five months after the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
At the moment, a person is not considered fully vaccinated in Israel until they have received a third dose of the vaccine, once they are eligible.
More than three months later, Israeli health officials say the data is clear: the booster injections helped reduce the fourth wave of the virus that hit the country in August and September.
However, three doses seem not to be enough, and Tuesday’s announcement marks the death throes of a fifth wave. The number of daily cases of COVID-19 in Israel It rose to more than 1,000 for the first time in two months on Sunday, according to the Health Ministry.
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