Israel set to offer fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine to people over 60

Israel set to offer fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine to people over 60
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22 December, 2021
As Omicron surges across the globe, Israel said Tuesday that it will offer a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to members of its population older than 60.
Israel has one of the highest vaccination rates in the Middle East, with some 70 percent of its population receiving at least one dose [source: Getty]

Israel announced Tuesday that it will offer a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to people older than 60, amid concern over the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

A Health Ministry expert panel recommended the fourth shot, a decision that was swiftly welcomed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as "great news that will help us overcome the Omicron wave that is spreading around the world."

Although the decision is pending formal approval by senior health officials, Bennett urged Israelis to get the dose as soon as possible, saying: "My message is - don’t waste time, go get vaccinated."

The decision follows the first known death in Israel of a patient with the Omicron variant.

An Israeli hospital on Tuesday confirmed the death but said he had suffered from a number of serious pre-existing conditions.