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In world first, Israel okays COVID booster shots for immunocompromised

Israelis recieve a Covid-19 vaccine, at a sports hall turned into a Clalit Health vaccination center in Hod HaSharon, February 02, 2021. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Israelis recieve a Covid-19 vaccine, at a sports hall turned into a Clalit Health vaccination center in Hod HaSharon, February 02, 2021. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The Health Ministry has informed Israel’s health providers they may begin to administer a COVID booster shot to immunocompromised adults, making Israel the first country in the world to offer a third dose.

The policy goes into effect today.

The decision comes on the heels of Pfizer’s announcement that it will ask US and European regulators to authorize a booster dose of its COVID vaccine, and as the Delta variant spreads in Israel, causing an increase in infections.

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz had announced the planned move on Sunday. He did not explain how such a decision had been reached before major world regulators had approved boosters.

Horowitz added that the Health Ministry is evaluating whether to offer boosters to the whole population.

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