Reports indicate that health maintenance organizations are on some occasions allowing people below the minimum age of 40 to get vaccinated with a booster shot.
At least two people in their 30s tell us they have managed to schedule and receive a third shot at their HMOs without a problem, despite not being eligible under current Health Ministry guidelines.
Channel 12 also reports similar cases, including individuals who were invited by their healthcare providers to schedule a shot.
Though some individuals under 40 are allowed to get a booster due to specific health conditions or their occupation, the people we and Channel 12 spoke to do not meet these requirements.
Asked by Channel 12, Maccabi and Leumit say they act only according to ministry instructions, and say the reported cases are not indicative of policy.