On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that the nation could very soon, approve the third COVID vaccine shot, better known as the “booster shot”.
During a visit to a retirement home in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Bennett said of the booster dose, “We’re on top of it, believe me,” said Bennett. “For at least a month [we’ve been working on] things that need to come to fruition. We’re very close. The less we talk about it, the greater chance it’ll happen. I’m on it.”
Israel began administering the third booster shot two weeks ago to those with severely compromised immune systems but is yet to float it out among the general population. Amidst the surge in virus cases across the country, it is likely that the approval will come through soon.
Recent data released by the Israeli Health Ministry shows that those who were first to receive their two doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine are more likely now to be infected, as the vaccines appear to lose protection potency over time. The data further suggested that people vaccinated in January have just 16% protection against infection now, while in those vaccinated in April, the effectiveness was at 75%.
More than 2,000 Israelis tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, the highest since mid-march.