NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! By the end of September, Israel will provide the upgraded COVID-19 booster doses from Pfizer that are intended to tackle the Omicron BA.4/5 subvariants, a top health official announced on Wednesday.
Salman Zarka, the head of Israel’s coronavirus task force, recommended individuals in risk categories to get the booster shot in addition to a flu shot, though anyone older than 12 and recovering from a previous shot or COVID-19 infection would be eligible.
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As winter approaches, Zarka told reporters, “we have been preparing for a while and looking at the prospect of two illness waves in the country, flu and coronavirus, two waves we have seen elsewhere in the world.”
According to data from the health ministry, about half of Israel’s 9.4 million residents have now received three vaccination doses, and about 850,000 have received four. Since the beginning of the epidemic, Israel has seen a total of over 4.5 million coronavirus cases, resulting in 11,667 deaths.
The so-called bivalent vaccination from Pfizer/BioNtech targets both the strain of the virus that first surfaced in China in December 2019 and the BA.4/5 variant that is currently in circulation.
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The effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccines currently in use, especially against infection, has decreased as the virus has mutated while still offering substantial protection against hospitalization and death.