Israel started, this Monday (12), to administer a third dose of covid-19 vaccine in patients at immunological risk, after the increase in cases of coronavirus due to the spread of Delta variant.
The Hebrew state was one of the first countries in the world to launch a wide-ranging vaccination campaign in mid-December thanks to an agreement with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which quickly supplied the country with millions of doses in exchange for collecting data on the effects of its vaccine, which was developed in partnership with biotechnology company BioNTech.
This campaign allowed the administration of the complete regimen of two doses of the vaccine to more than 55% of the population, including around 85% of adults, which favored the reopening of cafeterias, bars and commercial establishments, as well as a reduction in the number of cases of covid-19, which went from 10,000 to less than 100 a day.
But in recent weeks, infections have increased due to the spread of the Delta variant of the virus, which is more contagious, which has forced authorities to re-impose some sanitary measures, such as the mandatory use of masks in closed public places.
Given the advance of the new strain, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday that it had authorized the inoculation of a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for some people at immunological risk and who did not respond well to the two administered to protect themselves from covid-19 .
“There is growing evidence that immunosuppressed patients do not develop a satisfactory level of antibodies even after two doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Some may develop these antibodies only after three doses,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Given the increase in the number of cases in recent weeks and the high risk it represents for immunosuppressed patients with serious illnesses, they can now receive a third dose of the vaccine,” added the health administration.
The ministry has published a list of the types of patients who may need a third dose, such as those who have had an organ transplant.
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