Israel Rolls Out New Omicron-Tailored COVID-19 Vaccines

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A man receives the fifth Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from medical staff at Clalit Health services in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Israel has launched its fifth vaccination campaign, urging people in at-risk groups and those over 65 to get the additional COVID shot. The fifth vaccine available to Israelis is one that specifically targets the Omicron strain of the coronavirus, which makes up the majority of cases in the country.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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Israel on Thursday began administering doses of coronavirus vaccines tailored to fight the highly infectious omicron variant as its health authorities urged at-risk groups and those over 65 to get the shot.

The rollout of the new vaccine follows Israel’s world-leading drive to vaccinate its population early in 2021. Health officials are now voicing growing concerns about increased COVID-19 infections in the upcoming winter.

Arsen Arutiunian, an official with the Israeli healthcare provider Clalit, said that there had been “big demand” for the booster since the new campaign began. He said the clinic has been flooded with phone calls from people of all ages looking to schedule an appointment.

“I received all of the previous vaccinations. So far, touch wood, I haven’t been infected even though my entire family has I’ve somehow become Teflon. And as they say, keeping healthy,” said Eytan Gurfinkel, a Tel Aviv resident.

As of Thursday, 95 people were hospitalized with serious cases of coronavirus — the lowest point since May. Over 11,600 Israelis have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, according to Health Ministry statistics.

Israel was a world leader last year in vaccinating its population of 9.5 million against the coronavirus, after it struck a deal with Pfizer to trade vaccines for medical data. It quickly vaccinated over 60% of its population with at least two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by last fall.

Over 4.5 million Israelis have received a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, but just over 800,000 have taken a fourth shot.

In August, the FDA approved updated COVID boosters that target the omicron strain and U.S. health officials are beginning the rollout this fall.

(AP)


3 COMMENTS

  1. I simply couldn’t think of a more important הכנה as we head into ראש-השנה and crowded Shuls, especially with no social distancing during השענות and then הקפות than taking this Omicron booster.

    Needless to say, I have already taken my Omicron booster in preparation for the High Holidays:- In-fact already 5 Moderna vaccinations, and ב”ה not 1 iota of nausea after all 5 times.

    הכרת הטוב Thank you President Donald Trump שליט”א for having saved us with your Warp Speed production of vaccinations

  2. For those who don’t mind being used as pincushions by Pfizer for the benefit of big pharma!
    You know, just because Pfizer CEO is a Jew, doesn’t mean he’s not a thieving lowlife!
    He has made BILLIONS by pushing the COVID narrative. He’s not to be trusted!

  3. Pfizers CEO being Jewish just makes this worse, I don’t trust Pfizer nor do I trust this jew ….whose family member made a film on Netflix about bio chemical war…an interesting story…all with inoculations……sorry…..I won’t jump into this yet….Hashem GADOL