(Belga) Israel on Monday began injecting a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine in people aged 60 and over, amid a surge in contamination linked to the highly contagious Omicron variant.
On Sunday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced that all Israelis over the age of 60 and medical staff will be able to benefit from a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine if they received their third dose more than four months. A pioneer in anti-Covid vaccination thanks to an agreement with the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, the Hebrew state launched a campaign last summer for the administration of a third dose of vaccine. The government is banking on this 4th dose to try to mitigate the effects of the new wave of contamination in those most at risk. “The Omicron wave is here and we need to protect ourselves,” said Bennett, whose government on Thursday gave the green light for the 4th dose for people with compromised immune systems, following the booster campaign l ‘last summer. As of Monday morning, people aged 60 and over began to receive these doses at the Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv, an AFP journalist noted on the spot. Israel also received Thursday a first delivery of anticoronavirus pills from Pfizer as the number of contaminations continues to increase since the appearance at the end of November of the first case in the country of the Omicron variant. In the last 24 hours, the country has recorded 6,562 cases of Covid, an increase of more than 50% in one day, according to the report of the Ministry of Health which, however, makes a low number of serious cases (110) in this country where more than half of the adult population has received a 3rd dose of an anti-Covid vaccine. (Belga)