Israel Approves Fourth COVID-19 Vaccine for most vulnerable

Israel Health Ministry has approved a fourth vaccine shot for the most vulnerable and immunocompromised people on Thursday, amid a surge in Covid cases driven by the Omicron variant.

“Today I approved giving the fourth vaccine for immunocompromised people. I did this in light of studies that show the benefit of the vaccine, including the fourth vaccine, to this population and in light of the fear they are more vulnerable in this outbreak of Omicron,” Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash said.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel, one of the first countries worldwide to offer a third shot to the general public, would be a trailblazer for the fourth jab.

“Israel will lead the way in administering a fourth vaccine to the Israeli people,” Bennett said.

Israel was the fastest country to roll out initial vaccinations last year and became one of the first to launch a booster program after observing that immunity waned over time.

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