Israel has agreed to administer a fourth dose of the vaccine to its citizens most vulnerable to the coronavirus, making it one of the first countries to do so in preparation for a new wave of outbreaks triggered by the Omicron variant.
Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Health Nachman Ash announced the decision at a press conference on Thursday (30/12) evening.
He said the decision was based on preliminary research, and that officials would consider extending the fourth dose to the public after assessing the situation.
Israel was one of the first countries to launch a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine a year ago and began offering booster injections or booster for free starting last summer.
However, the country was hit by a new wave of COVID-19 in June due to the Delta variant, and officials warned of the possibility of a new spread due to the Omicron variant, which is more contagious.
Israel early Thursday took delivery of its first pill, which scientists say could treat the worst effects of COVID-19. [em/rs]