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Health minister: Any delay in COVID booster shots could have cost many lives

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz speaks during his visit to the Beilinson Medical Center, on July 27, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz speaks during his visit to the Beilinson Medical Center, on July 27, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz backs the decision to give COVID-19 booster shots to Israelis aged 60 and up despite no similar regulatory approval being issued worldwide

Horowitz says in a press statement that any further delay in making the move could have cost many lives.

“We made a clear strategic choice to keep the economy open,” Horowitz says. “Lockdowns, unemployment, damage to businesses and harm to mental health all carry their own health cost. The previous government was a record holder in the West in the number of days schools were closed. We view the normal opening of the school year as a strategic goal.”

Health expert Prof. Gabi Barbash says on Channel 12 news that it is unlikely that people who didn’t experience side effects from their first two shots will feel side effects from the third one.

Barbash adds that a third shot isn’t expected to dramatically reduce contagion rates, but will lower serious cases.

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