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Israel to administer Moderna vaccine to those getting first COVID shot

A medical worker readies to administer the Moderna coronavirus vaccine to a Palestinian laborer at a temporary medical facility set up at a checkpoint on March 9, 2021, in Jerusalem. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
A medical worker readies to administer the Moderna coronavirus vaccine to a Palestinian laborer at a temporary medical facility set up at a checkpoint on March 9, 2021, in Jerusalem. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The Health Ministry has told HMOs that starting August 1, any Israelis over 18 receiving their first shot will receive Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, according to Hebrew media reports.

Anyone getting their second shot or between 12 and 18 years old will continue to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that Israel has been relying on for its national immunization drive.

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