Israel approves 4th dose of Covid vaccine for people over 60 and medical staff

Source : 112 Ukraine

The decision by health officials came more than a week after an advisory panel of Israeli experts recommended a fourth dose for people with weak immune systems, as well as for others at high risk, including those aged 60 and over and health workers
14:55, 3 January 2022

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Israel will start offering a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine to people aged 60 and over, becoming the first country in the world to widely disseminate the extra jab to fight off the omicron strain. This was stated by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, DW reports.

The fourth dose will also be made available to medical staff who had their last jab at least four months ago. Last week, Israel approved the extra shot for people who are immunocompromised, as well as residents of nursing homes and patients in geriatric wards.

Related: People over 60 to be vaccinated with booster vaccine dose in Ukraine

New daily cases, which topped 5,000 last week in the country of 9.5 million, are expected to quadruple by the end of the week, Bennett said. The caseload could reach as many as 50,000 cases a day, he said, or nearly five times the previous peak. Critical cases remain well below previous records but have started to creep up over the past week.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization warned that new coronavirus variants could emerge during the pandemic that render the current vaccines useless.

“As this pandemic drags on, it’s possible that new variants could evade our countermeasures and become fully resistant to current vaccines or past infection, necessitating vaccine adaptations,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference in Geneva.



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