Israel begins trials for fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine
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Israel has started trials for a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for healthy patients as it seeks to roll out the additional booster to populations at risk. Sheba Medical Center said it was the first time in the world that healthy subjects received a fourth injection of the Covid-19 vaccine.
About 150 health workers whose antibody levels have dropped are part of the trial at Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv.
“I don’t really feel like a guinea pig,” Dr. Jacob Lavee, former director of the heart transplant unit at Sheba Medical Center, told CNN. “I volunteered for research done here in previous injections, mainly booster injections, because I know my own immunity has fallen below the threshold and as a result not only am I potentially exposed to Omicron, but more importantly, i could be a potential danger to the heart transplant patients i am caring for.
On December 21, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed the decision of a panel of experts to recommend the additional booster for people over 60, healthcare workers and people with weakened immune systems. But the director general of the Ministry of Health has not yet signed.
“Wonderful news, don’t waste time – go get your shot,” Bennett said in a statement at the time.
Those eligible for the fourth dose will be given there provided at least four months have passed since the third dose, the government said in the statement.
“The State of Israel continues to be at the forefront of the global effort to deal with the pandemic. Israeli citizens were the first in the world to receive the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and we also continue to pioneer the fourth dose, ”Bennett added.
The first results of the study are expected by the end of the week, when the growing number of Covid-19 cases in Israel will likely be even heavier.
“I don’t think it’s correct, right now, but that could change in a week,” Dr Gili-Regev Yochay, director of the infection prevention control unit at Sheba Medical Center, told CNN. . “It depends on what we see happening in England, and also here – if we see that there is more serious illness, maybe that will be okay. This is why it is so important to start a search as soon as possible.
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