Israel to Discuss Further Lowering Age for COVID Booster Shots to Anyone Over 40

Since Israel kicked off its third COVID vaccine campaign two weeks ago, more than 1.1 million Israelis have received their third shot

A woman receives her third coronavirus shot in Tel Aviv
A woman receives her third coronavirus shot in Tel AvivCredit: Hadas Parush

Israel's vaccination committee is slated to discuss on Thursday administering the third COVID booster shot to Israelis aged 40 and up, lowering it from the current 50.

Last Friday, Israel expanded its COVID vaccine booster campaign to people aged 50 and up, the Health Ministry announced Friday, two weeks after a decision to administer a third shot for those over 60 – making Israel the first country to provide boosters for parts of its population.

The ministry accepted its advisory panel's recommendation, made on Thursday, to authorize a third vaccine dose for younger age groups, as well as health workers, people with weak immune systems and prisoners and prison staff, the ministry's director-general, Prof. Nachman Ash, said.

1.1 million Israelis have received their third shot; 5.8 million Israelis have received their first vaccine, and 5.4 million have received their second.

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