Israeli health minister Nitzan Horowitz said Israelis may need a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if infection cases begin to rise again as part of the fifth wave of the pandemic, The Times of Israel reported on Thursday.
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– It is not pointless to think that we will need a fourth dose of the vaccine – said the head of the Ministry of Health in an interview for the Keshet 12 station. as much as 9 percent those infected received a third booster dose of the vaccine.
Horowitz explained that when the government thought of the so-called of the fifth wave, he had in mind, among others, the current epidemiological situation in Europe, the import of new variants of the virus from abroad.
– Growth is too early and too fast now. I don’t want to call it the fifth wave or the new wave at all – added the minister.
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On Tuesday, 605 new infections were confirmed, of which around 76 percent. concerned unvaccinated people. It has not been revealed how many people infected after receiving a booster dose became ill after the two weeks needed for the preparation to work fully.
In Israel’s 9.2 million population, more than 5.7 million people received two doses of the vaccine and over 4 million received a booster injection. About 700,000 vaccine candidates are not vaccinated.
– The pandemic is still here Said Minister Horowitz. Those who have not yet received their “booster” may not be anti-vaccine, may only falsely believe that the danger is over, he added.