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Israeli study: COVID booster shot highly effective among the immunocompromised

An Israeli woman receives a third coronavirus vaccine injection at a senior center in Jerusalem, August 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
An Israeli woman receives a third coronavirus vaccine injection at a senior center in Jerusalem, August 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Research done at Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva shows the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is effective for immunocompromised people, doubling the rate of people who developed antibodies among patients who have received heart, lung or kidney transplants, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

The report says the study’s findings have been released today and will soon be published in an academic paper.

According to the report, 73% of those who previously received a kidney transplant developed antibodies and an immune reaction to the third vaccine dose, while only 35% had developed antibodies after the second shot.

Among those who received a lung transplant, 33% developed antibodies after a booster while just 18% did so after the second shot. For those who got a heart transplant, 58% had an immune reaction compared with 31% after the first two doses.

No major side effects were observed apart from pain at the place of the injection.

“We recommend that all those who have received organ transplants come and get vaccinated with the third vaccine shot, which saves lives,” says Dr. Tuvia Ben Gal, director of the hospital’s heart failure unit.

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