Prime Minister IsraelOn Sunday (2), Naftali Bennett announced that the country will provide a fourth dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 to people over the age of 60 and health professionals. So, Israel It has become the first country to apply the second booster more comprehensively against the disease as it prepares for a wave of infections caused by the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
“The Omicron wave is here,” Bennett said in an interview with Israeli television.
Heart and lung transplant patients from Tel Aviv Hospital were the first to do so Receiving the fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Those with immunosuppression should receive doses of residents and workers in nursing homes.
One The expert committee of the Israeli Ministry of Health recommended last week that The country that will provide a fourth dose of the immune system to Pfizer-BioNTech For medical personnel and people over the age of 60 or with compromised immune systems.
Israel It was one of the first countries to vaccinate the masses of the population, still in December last year, and one of the pioneers in the application of the booster dose, after noticing that immunity decreases with time. for this reason, They are closely watched by countries like the United States.
Study with health professionals
On Monday (27) Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv began studies on the application of the fourth dose. About 150 health professionals who took the third dose in August and now have a few antibodies against the disease will also receive a second booster dose.. According to the hospital, this is the first study of its kind in the world.
Survey conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Arab Republic of Egypt Israel, aims to analyze the effect of the fourth dose on the number of antibodies, disease prevention and monitoring of its safety.
Omicron “tsunami” and new restrictions
Israel You are currently experiencing a rise in the number of infections, driven by the omicron variable. On Thursday, the country recorded 4,085 new cases, the highest daily infection rate since the end of September.
as a response, The country imposed new restrictions on Thursday in a bid to curb rising infection rates ahead of New Year’s celebrations..
Participants in A health passport must now be presented for outdoor events involving more than 100 people. In addition, for outdoor events of more than 50 people, it is necessary to wear a mask.
Israel It has a population of about 9.3 million and has recorded 8,243 deaths due to the Corona virus since the beginning of the epidemic.
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