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Netanyahu urges vaccine booster for elderly

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives his second shot of Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan on January 9, 2021. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives his second shot of Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan on January 9, 2021. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu urges the government to begin administering a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to the elderly, saying the country requires 2 million more shots to get the job done.

“In order for Israel to continue defeating the coronavirus, we need two million more vaccines, and to allow elderly citizens to get the third shot,” says Netanyahu at a Likud faction meeting in the Knesset.

“Instead of arranging jobs for Yair Golan and Eli Avidar [who were recently given cabinet posts], let them acquire a third vaccine. What are they waiting for?”

Israeli health authorities are currently evaluating whether to approve a third vaccine shot for the elderly.

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