Israel Vaccine Czar Says Preparation for 4th Dose Needed

Israel’s pandemic czar Salman Zarka said on Saturday, September 4, that the country should brace itself for a fourth COVID-19 vaccine jab, without specifying the timeline of the rollout. 

The Times of Israel reported that Zarka told Israel’s Kan public radio that the virus is possibly here to stay, so preparing for a fourth jab is essential. Israel is currently distributing booster shots to those aged above 12 who had received their second dose after five months.

Salman added that the fourth wave should be a lesson to everyone and consider the effect of the new variants, such as the one discovered in South Africa, 

Salman also warned that another shot would be needed every year or five to six months. 

The health ministry initiated its booster shot efforts after a study claimed that Pfizer’s vaccines are only 64% effective. 

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