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Israel will snatch the passports of more than one million citizens on Sunday from their vaccine passes, making it the first country to control booster shots as proof of a fully vaccinated status.
The decision, which prompted thousands of people to rush for a third shot of the Biotech / Pfizer vaccine last week, was the ultimate push to get Israel out of the fourth wave of Kovid-1 infections.
“I believe the fourth wave is coming to an end,” said Nachman Ash, director general of the health ministry, in a radio address blaming the success of the booster campaign. “We’re on our way, but I’m saying it with caution.”
At the same time, the Ministry of Health released data stating that common side effects such as fatigue or pain in the arm were measurable after the third jaw compared to the first or second.
Israel, the first country to use the Pfizer vaccine, used booster to avoid the August lockdown as the vaccine’s effectiveness declined and infections increased, especially among the elderly, who began filling Israeli hospitals with serious illnesses.
Faced with the possibility that its hospitals could be overtaken, Israel offered a third shot, first immune-compromised, then the elderly and finally, the entire adult population before other international health organizations such as Pfizer or US Food and the FDA. Studied thoroughly.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett highlighted the merits of the booster shot, first to US President Joe Biden in late August, then to the UN General Assembly two weeks ago. Faced with the choice of another lockdown or doubling the vaccine, “we chose the latter – we pioneered booster shots,” Bennett told world leaders. “Two months later, I can report that it works.”
So far, Israel is not only clinically weak, it has been abroad for more than 12 years in providing boosters for its entire population. After intense debate, and strong advice from the White House that the United States will soon follow, the FDA limits Pfizer booster shots to people over the age of 5, who are at serious risk, and where employees are most likely to face them. Viruses in their daily interactions.
In all cases, their second shot had to be at least six months ago, as was France, the first European country to start operating its 65-year-old booster jab last month. In the UK, booster shots are being given to people over the age of 50.
For Israeli health officials, the evidence is in the pudding. In severe cases the number is now at a five-week low, the number of positive tests is less than seven weeks and the chances of a lockdown have evaporated. Schools are open, children over the age of 12 are getting vaccinated, and not being vaccinated is the most serious cause of illness and death.
“It’s good that the United States and the United Kingdom are giving boosters to their seniors,” said one health official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But not following Israel’s leadership is a political decision, not a medical one. It is no secret that the vaccine is not good after six or eight months.
In Israel, Booster is now an essential – those who did double-jobs more than six months ago will need to get a third job to qualify for green health passports that control access to public venues such as bars, restaurants, museums and a large number of offices. .
About m.4 m took their third job, though about 2 m and countable. “It’s horrible, forcing us to get more vaccines,” said Itai Maltz, 38, waiting outside a clinic to take a shot with his wife. “If they want to give it to the old or unhealthy, it’s one thing – the next time they want to take a shot at me every month?”