Israel mulls 4th COVID jab for all adults

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Fourth COVID-10 vaccine doses in Israel are available only to over-60s and high-risk groups.
Camera IconFourth COVID-10 vaccine doses in Israel are available only to over-60s and high-risk groups. Credit: EPA

An Israeli government advisory panel has recommended offering a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to all adults, on condition that at least five months have passed since they received the third or recovered from the illness, the health ministry says.

Implementation of the measure, which would significantly expand eligibility now limited to the over-60s and other high-risk groups, is subject to approval by the ministry's director-general.

It was not immediately clear when that might happen.

The ministry's statement on Tuesday said the recommendation was made given findings that those who received a fourth shot were three to five times as protected against serious illness and twice as protected against infection, compared with the thrice-vaccinated.

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