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Israel to become first country in the world to give fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2021. 9:18 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The government of Israel has decided to give health care workers and people over 60 a fourth vaccine dose.

Israel was the first country in the world that started giving a third jab as a booster and now in the face of the Omicron variant, a government panel of experts decided to give a second booster to its citizens, according to the BBC.

Israel’s Pandemic Expert Committee decided that a fourth dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be administered to persons over 60, healthcare workers, and persons with compromised immunity. The vaccines should be applied to these persons at least four months after receiving their third dose.

Though the recommendation is still to be approved by the Ministry of Health, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has welcomed the decision saying that a fourth dose will help the country to face a potential wave of the Omicron variant.

“This is wonderful news that will assist us in getting through the Omicron wave that is engulfing the world,” said Prime Minister Bennett.

Israel already closed its borders to foreigners and has forbidden its citizens and permanent residents from travelling to over 50 ‘red listed’ countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and several countries in Africa.

 

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