Jul 29, 2021
By Christine Ross
Beginning Sunday, Israel will offer a COVID-19 booster shot to citizens over 60 who have already been vaccinated.
This makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to its citizens and the decision comes amid rising cases and concerns that the vaccine’s effectiveness fades over time.
It also effectively turns Israel into a testing ground for the booster before approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Pfizer said this week people likely need a third dose to keep protection against the coronavirus high. The company says it could apply for U.S. emergency authorization for booster shots as early as August.
Israel President Isaac Herzog will be the first to get the booster Friday, and and it will be offered to the general public beginning Sunday.