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Experts: Third vaccine dose for elderly might not help, but it won’t hurt either

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As Israel starts to offer vaccine booster shots to all elderly citizens, experts aren’t convinced they’ll help, but tend to agree that they won’t hurt.

“They may not benefit, but they won’t do any harm,” Bar Ilan University epidemiologist Prof. Michael Edelstein told The Times of Israel shortly after the government announced it would offer third coronavirus shots to everyone aged 60-plus.

Immunologist Prof. Jonathan Gershoni was “not convinced of the urgency,” but said that “if there’s availability of doses, added protection for people over 60 should be beneficial, and will increase their ability to face the Delta variant.”

Some Israelis expected such a decision to be met by criticism from experts on safety grounds, as their government seems to be going out on a limb, acting before boosters are approved by regulators like America’s Food and Drug Administration.

But even critics of the move, like Prof. Nadav Davidovitch, aren’t arguing about safety.

“We are going to have to make many decisions in the future, including for updated vaccines for variants, so we need solid data for decision making,” the Ben Gurion University epidemiologist and leader of Israel’s........

© The Times of Israel

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