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Revising rule, Health Ministry says booster okay 3 months after second dose

The Health Ministry has changed its guidance on the timing for coronavirus booster shots, saying they can now be given three months after the second initial dose, and not five months as previously recommended.

The new guidance is a break with much of the rest of the world, which still recommends that mRNA vaccine recipients wait 5-6 months for the booster.

The plan appears to be designed to give Israel a leg up against the Omicron variant, which is able to break through some vaccine protection. A government bid to push a fourth dose was shot down last week in the absence of reliable data.

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