FAST FIVE: Israel Becomes First Country In World To Push 3rd COVID Shot For Already Vaccinated
“Reality proves the vaccines are safe.
And like the flu vaccine that needs to be renewed from time to time, it is the same in this case.” Recent reports have indicated internal health ministry disagreement on whether the third jab program should start for vaccinated people 60 years old, 65 or 70.
The rationale is that the elderly are considered to have weaker immune systems compared to the broader population. Some 60% of Israel's total population has been vaccinated.
The third round of a Pfizer-BioNTech shot is also in response to fears that the vaccine's effectiveness is waning the face of the delta variant's spread.
Recently Israel's health ministry boasted that the two-dose vaccine is 91% effective against severe illness and 88% effective against hospitalization, but again it appears that officials are concerned the effectiveness is being reduced especially in the elderly population.