Israel begins fourth vaccination against coronavirus for adults with pre-existing conditions. Affected individuals with risk factors for severe illness from CoV infection, as well as their caregivers, can now be vaccinated again, the Health Ministry announced last night.
Also eligible are adults who are at particular risk for infection in the course of their work. This was decided by Director General Nachman Asch. The only requirement for the fourth vaccination is that the third vaccination was at least four months ago.
Over 600,000 received fourth dose
Asch’s decision only partially follows a recommendation by a panel of experts working for the Health Ministry. The panel had recommended Tuesday a fourth vaccination against the coronavirus for everyone 18 and older – starting five months after the third vaccination.
Asch’s decision was made based on positive experience with the fourth vaccination for people 60 and older, it now said. This shows protection against infection that is twice as good as after the third vaccination. The protection against severe disease is even three to five times as high.
In Israel, more than 610,000 people have already received a fourth vaccination dose. Previously, the recommendation applied only to people over 60, the immunocompromised and medical personnel.
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