Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Israel to offer fourth dose of COVID vaccines as Omicron surges | Al Jazeera

Israel has announced it will offer a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to health workers and people older than 60, amid concern about the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

A Health Ministry expert panel recommended the fourth shot late on Tuesday, a decision that was swiftly welcomed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as “great news that will help us overcome the Omicron wave that is spreading around the world”.

“The citizens of Israel were the first in the world to receive the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and we are continuing to pioneer with the fourth dose as well,” he said in remarks relayed by his office, calling on those who meet the criteria to “Go and get vaccinated”.

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  1. Israel says it plans to become the first country to roll out a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as the country prepares for a wave of infections driven by the new Omicron variant.

    Israel's pandemic experts have recommended a fourth booster for the over-60s and health workers.

    PM Naftali Bennett welcomed the plan and told officials to start preparing.

    It comes as Israel confirmed the first known death of a patient with the Omicron strain on Tuesday.

    The health ministry said there were at least 340 known cases of the variant in Israel.


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