Israel: Approves 4th dose of coronavirus vaccine for immunocompromised

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Israel is set to give a second boost of the coronavirus vaccine to people with weakened immune systems, the top government official said on Thursday, but a final decision on wider use is still pending.

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An Israeli hospital piloted a fourth dose of the vaccine to a team of health workers on Monday in the first major study to see if a second round of boosters could help treat the Omicron mutation. The results are expected within two weeks.

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Concerned about the rapid spread of Omicron, a team of experts from the Israeli Ministry of Health last week recommended that Israel administer a fourth dose of the Pfizer vaccine to medical personnel and people over the age of 60 or with a weakened immune system.

However, Department of Health Director-General Nachman Ash, whose approval is needed to launch a new booster vaccine campaign, did not immediately announce a decision, with some experts arguing that there is not enough scientific evidence to justify the fourth dose. .

At a news conference on Thursday, Ash said he had decided to offer the fourth dose only to people with weakened immune systems and that it was still being considered for eligibility.

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Source From: Capital

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