Israel Covid-19 Update: Booster Jabs Enhance Protection

Israel Covid-19 Update: Booster Jabs Enhance Protection

The Delta strain of the SARS-C0V-2 virus has proven to be highly contagious, and even those vaccinated can spread the infection. Recent research showed that those infected after being fully vaccinated had similar viral loads to those unvaccinated. Health providers worldwide have reported a surge in breakthrough infections, and some U.S states announced that the hospital system is overwhelmed.

Many countries have decided or already started administering a booster jab to help immunocompromised people and offer extra protection. This third dose is supposed to enhance the effectiveness of covid-19 vaccines and lower the risk of infection. 

Israel’ Health Ministry has positive data on booster vaccination

According to data published by the Health Ministry of Israel, the third shot of the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine lowers the risk of infection. The country had already approved booster shots for those over 40 a couple of days ago. The statistics and data analyzed by the Health Ministry of Israel pointed out that the third dose administered to over 60 and immunocompromised people has proven its efficiency. Ten days after the third jab, those who received it had a protection four times higher than those with only two doses did. In addition, the third jab had five to six times greater protection against severe symptoms and hospitalization. 

Israel began administering booster jabs in July

On July 30, Israel began administering booster shots, and it was only for those who have been fully vaccinated for at least five months. The first vaccination campaign against the coronavirus began in this country in December. Apart from the over 40 age group, pregnant women over 18 years old, healthcare workers and providers, teachers, correctional officers, and immunocompromised people are eligible for a third jab. The decision was taken last Tuesday. The Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, who is 49 years old, took the decision to get the third jab of Pfizer. 

Asheley Rice

I am a pop culture and social media expert. Aside from writing about the latest news health, I also enjoy pop culture and Yoga. I have BA in American Cultural Studies and currently enrolled in a Mass-Media MA program. I like to spend my spring breaks volunteering overseas.

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