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In world first, COVID boosters rolled out for some at-risk Israelis

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As the Delta variant spreads, Israel has become the first country in the world to begin distributing third dose booster shots to adults with impaired immune systems, based on “accumulating evidence” indicating they aren’t well enough protected after their initial doses.

The Health Ministry issued a statement to healthcare providers on Monday, saying they are free to start giving the boosters — clearing up confusion created on Sunday when minister Nitzan Horowitz said they were available, but doctors weren’t told.

“There is accumulating evidence that patients with immunosuppression do not develop a satisfactory antibody response after two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and some of them may develop antibodies after a third dose,” wrote Dr. Emilia Anis, head of the ministry’s epidemiological unit.

Israel’s largest hospital, Sheba Medical Center, immediately invited dozens of its heart transplant patients for boosters on Monday afternoon.

The Health Ministry decision was based on deliberations by........

© The Times of Israel

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