The Israeli Prime Minister announced Thursday that he would provide a coronavirus booster to people over the age of 60 who have already been vaccinated.
With the announcement of Naftali Bennett, Israel became the first country to provide citizens with a third dose of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine on a large scale.
This decision was made when there was concern that infections would increase and the effectiveness of the vaccine would decline over time.
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Jerusalem (AP) – A major Israeli healthcare provider announced on Thursday that it will soon begin offering a third booster COVID-19 shot to patients over the age of 60 who have already been vaccinated with coronavirus.
This makes Israel the first country to be vaccinated in the West, offering a third vaccination to vaccinated citizens. Previously, boosters were used in several countries with Chinese and Russian vaccines.
Maccabi, one of Israel’s four publicly funded health maintenance organizations, said its members have already been registered and vaccinations will begin on Sunday.
The announcement was made shortly before a national press conference broadcast by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Naftali Bennett will announce a national booster shot program.
Neither the United States nor the European Union officially recommends booster shots of the coronavirus. It has not yet been proven if a third dose will help, and if so, who needs it and when. The first large-scale study of the strategy has begun with thousands of patients in Norway.
Earlier this year, Israel launched one of the most aggressive and successful vaccination campaigns in the world. More than 57% of the country’s 9.3 million citizens are vaccinated twice with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, and more than 80% of the population over the age of 40 is vaccinated.
The vaccination program has allowed Israel to reopen its economy ahead of other countries. However, there are signs that the effectiveness of the vaccine will decline over time, and Israel has surged in cases of new delta mutants, even among vaccinated people.
People over the age of 60 who were vaccinated more than five months ago are eligible for booster immunization, McCabi said.
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