Israel Public Health Ministry Speaks on Effects of COVID-19 Booster Shots
ISRAEL – The Israeli government and health authorities started giving booster shots to residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is undeniably one of the biggest global challenges that the world has faced in the last 30 years. The battle continues for over a year now and deaths due to coronavirus are still taking place in different countries across the globe.
When the pandemic started, the World Health Organization (WHO) already warned the different countries that it can be a battle that will take years. The international health body even told nations not to let their guards down early to prevent the loss of the gains to another wave of the disease.
However, amid the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus mutated and several new variants crossed the surface. One of these is the Delta variant which is currently the variant of concern because of its higher transmissibility rate.
The people waited for the development of the vaccine against COVID-19. Several countries and entities were able to produce – including the brands Sputnik V, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm., and Sputnik Light.
Vaccinations are currently ongoing across the globe. As for Israel, based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Middle Eastern country is already giving booster shots for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to Israel Health Ministry public health Sharon Alroy-Preis, the third dose or the booster shot gives people protection that is similar to what was given by the second dose. They already campaigned the booster shots on seniors and they are now offering them to children.
Based on the report, Alroy-Preis stressed that people are “10 times more protected” after the third jab. The Israeli health official expressed that the effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech starts to wane down after six (6) months.
In Israel, those who are fully vaccinated may get a booster shot against COVID-19 starting on the 5th month since the last jab was administered. Reportedly, two (2) million people already out of the 9.3 million-population were already vaccinated thrice.
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