The Israel Ministry of Health today issued a new directive allowing the administration of a third dose of the vaccine against coronavirus for immunosuppressed adults, being the first country in the world to approve such a measure for people with immunodeficiency.
The health authorities recommend that the third injection be administered between four and eight weeks after the second, with the aim of reinforcing the level of protection among Israelis with depressed immune systems, more unprotected against the virus.
“There is accumulating evidence that immunocompromised patients do not develop a satisfactory antibody response after two doses of the vaccine, and some of them can develop antibodies after a third dose “, declared Emilia Anis, head of the epidemiological unit of the Ministry of Health, in declarations collected by the digital Times of Israel.
The Sheba Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals in the country, near Tel Aviv, has already started summoning dozens of patients to schedule the inoculation.
According to the local press, Israel is the first country in the world to approve the administration of a third injection for adults with immunodeficiency, even before the EU or the US.
The measurement occurs on the same day that Thailand approved that toilets can receive a third dose. In turn, the Pfizer company manages that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allow it to market a third booster vaccine.
One of the first countries to remove masks
In Israel, the toughest restrictions against the pandemic were left behind months ago, after carrying out one of the fastest vaccination campaigns on the planet.
More of 5.7 million inhabitants – among a population of about 9.3 million – received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and nearly 5.2 million are immunized with both injections.
The massive inoculation It greatly reduced infections, mortality and the income of those infected in serious condition, although in recent days morbidity increased again due to the spread of the more contagious delta variant.
A week ago, the positives detected daily are around the average of half a thousand, the highest figure since March.
According to Health, a decrease in the effectiveness of the vaccine to prevent infections was also detected, which fell by 64% since June, which is attributed to the delta variant.
However, inoculation seems to continue to limit serious infections: despite increasing infections, those admitted in critical condition have not greatly increased, currently only 47.
In the past week, the government considered imposing tighter restrictions again, although for now decided not to apply drastic measures.
Even so, the authorities have asked for the mandatory use of a mask indoors, and they continue to veto the entry of tourists from abroad to prevent the spread of new variants.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.