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Israel may require vaccinated Israelis to quarantine if exposed to Omicron carrier

Despite health officials insisting that coronavirus vaccinations are likely effective against the Omicron variant, Israelis who were exposed to carriers are expected to need to quarantine fully regardless of vaccination status, Channel 12 news reports.

The government empowered Israeli health authorities to implement similar rules following the start of the Delta outbreak.

The World Health Organization says it is still studying the effect of vaccines on the Omicron variant, but “vaccines remain critical to reducing severe disease and death, including against the dominant circulating virus, Delta.”

It also warns that “preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron,” among those who already had a bout with another strain of the coronavirus, but “information is limited.”

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