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.
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.
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.
Source From: Capital