"We are examining this issue and we still do not have a final answer," Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz said about a booster for the general population in Israel. "In any case, we are administering as of now the third shot to people suffering from immunodeficiency."
Horowitz said it is recommended to get the third dose of vaccine eight weeks after the second dose (no earlier than four weeks), but it can be done later.
About half of the 46 patients presently hospitalized in Israel in severe condition are vaccinated, and the majority are from risk groups, according to the health authorities. About 5.7 million out of Israel's 9.3 population has received at least one dose, the outlet reports.
Earlier it was reported that Covid-19 vaccine companies Pfizer and BioNTech will seek regulatory approval to administer the third dose of their vaccine to humans. The companies expect the third dose to be similarly effective against the highly transmissible strain of Delta, which is rapidly becoming the world's dominant strain.