Tel Aviv: On Thursday, the Israeli prime minister announced that the country is offering a booster for coronavirus to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated.
The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel, which launched one of the world’s most successful vaccination procedures earlier this year, the first country to offer a third dose of Western vaccine to its citizens on a large scale.
“I’m announcing the start of the campaign tonight to receive the booster vaccine, the third vaccine,” Bennett said in a national television address. “The reality proves that the vaccines are safe. The reality also proves that the vaccines are protected against serious diseases and death. And like the flu vaccine that has to be renewed from time to time, it is the same in this situation.”
The ruling comes at a time of escalating infections and signs that the vaccine’s effectiveness is decreasing over time.
Anyone over the age of 60 who was inoculated more than five months ago is eligible. Bennett said the country’s new administrator, Isaac Herzog, would be the first person to be boosted on Friday. It is presented to the general public on Sunday.
Bennett, 49, said his first call to the news conference would go to his mother to encourage her to get her sparkle.
Neither the US nor the EU have passed a coronavirus boost. It has not yet been proven whether the third dose benefits and, if so, who needs one and when. But Bennett told a team of expert advisers overwhelmingly agreed 56-1 that it makes sense to launch the boost campaign.
He said the recommendation was made after ‘substantial research and analysis’ and that the information would be distributed around the world. Preliminary studies in Israel have suggested that the protection of the vaccine against serious diseases has declined among those vaccinated in January.
“The findings show that the body’s immunity decreases over time, and the goal of the enhancer is to strengthen it again, significantly reducing the chance of infection and serious illness,” Bennett said.
Israel has adopted the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine on its population. In the past, boosters were used in some countries with the Chinese and Russian vaccinations.
Earlier this year, Israel conducted one of the world’s most aggressive and successful vaccination campaigns and reached an agreement with Pfizer to procure enough vaccines for its population in exchange for distributing data to the drug manufacturer.
More than 57% of the country’s 9.3 million citizens have got two doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, and more than 80% of the population over 40 are vaccinated.