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Health Ministry not recommending 3rd COVID shot for cancer patients

A man receives a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at Sheba Medical Center on July 12, 2021. (Jack Guez/AFP)
A man receives a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at Sheba Medical Center on July 12, 2021. (Jack Guez/AFP)

The Health Ministry says it is currently not recommending cancer patients receive a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, after approving the administration of booster shots to the immunocompromised.

Citing figures from several hospitals, a ministry statement says around 90% of those undergoing chemotherapy were found to still have a high level of antibodies several months after being vaccinated.

It also warns of potential side effects from the vaccine among those with cancer.

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