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Health expert: We should see effects of booster doses in two weeks

An elderly Israeli receives a third COVID-19 vaccine dose at a retirement residence in Jerusalem on August 4, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
An elderly Israeli receives a third COVID-19 vaccine dose at a retirement residence in Jerusalem on August 4, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prof. Eran Segal, a top government COVID adviser, says Israel should see the effects of the COVID vaccine booster dose within a few weeks.

“I believe that in the next two weeks we will see if we’re able to see a change in the trend, to slow the rise in morbidity,” Segal tells Army Radio. “If we don’t see that, then it will seem that the booster did not do its work and we might have to further tighten restrictions.”

Israel began giving third booster doses to the population over 60 on August 1, and more than 700,000 have already received it.

Segal also says he hopes the government will soon approve the booster dose for younger populations as well.

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