Israel’s national coronavirus czar, Salman Zarka, has said preparations need to begin for an eventual fourth dose of Covid vaccines due to the virus’ growing variants.
Yet another round of booster shots will be needed for the vaccinated in order to keep up with coronavirus variants, Zarka told Kan public radio on Saturday. Despite two-thirds of the Israeli population already vaccinated with two doses, health officials expect that the more spreadable Delta will continue to lead to a rise in cases and hospitalizations in the fall months.
Given that the virus is here and is here to stay, we must also ready ourselves for the fourth jab.
“This is our life from now on, in waves,” the czar said. Booster shots that effectively deal with new variants of the virus could be ready by late 2021 or early 2022, according to Zarka.
The health official previously stated that vaccine booster shots could need to be taken “once a year or five or six months.”
Israel already offers a third dose of the vaccine, which over two million people have reportedly received. A ‘Green Pass’ issued to vaccinated citizens – which grants access to places like restaurants and bars – expires six months after an individual is given their second or third dose, leading speculations that more future doses could be on the way.
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