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Health Ministry to mull third virus vaccine dose for those over 40 — reports

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The Health Ministry’s vaccination committee will hold a meeting Thursday to decide on expanding its coronavirus vaccine booster program to anyone 40 and up, according to Hebrew media reports Wednesday.

Currently, the third shots are only available to those age 50-plus.

The meeting will also look at offering the booster shot to teachers and other school staff, with schools set to open on September 1 despite a major surge in new coronavirus cases.

Infections among vaccinated individuals age 60 and over, who were first to receive the booster shot, have begun to slow as the third dose has appeared to begin to have an effect on morbidity rates, according to data presented this week.

The Maccabi health maintenance organization published figures Tuesday indicating that the vaccine boosters had an 86 percent success rate at preventing those over the age of 60 from catching the coronavirus.

The HMO examined some 150,000 people over 60 who had received a third shot at least a week earlier, and compared them to 700,000 people in that age group who had received only two shots more than five months previously.

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© The Times of Israel

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