At Least 14 Fully Israelis Still Contracted COVID-19 Despite Receiving Three Vaccine Doses

The Israeli Health Ministry reported that 14 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 despite receiving a third vaccine dose.

Among the 14 cases, 11 were over the age of 60 while the remaining three were immunocompromised individuals under 60.

A Channel 12 news report said that two of those infected were admitted to a hospital after receiving the booster shot.

The ministry however has not explained whether all of the 14 patients contracted the virus before or after receiving the booster.

Around 420,000 Israelis have already been administered a third booster shot so far since the government mandated booster shots to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

The booster shots were administered by Israel’s largest healthcare provider Clalit.

Of the 4,500 people, who received the booster shot from July 30 to Aug. 1, 88% felt “similar or better” to how they felt after the second shot and 31% reported some side effect, the most common being soreness at the injection site.

Around 0.4% said they suffered from respiratory problems while 1% said they sought medical treatment due to one or more side effects.

“Although we do not yet have long-term research on the efficacy and safety of the third booster dose, for the personal risk management of any person aged 60 plus, these findings continue to point to the benefit of immunization now, along with careful behavior among adults and avoiding gathering in closed spaces,” said Ran Balicer, Clalit’s chief innovation officer.

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