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Israeli health officials to discuss 4th COVID vaccine jab

Expert panel set to convene following Omicron spread and will discuss 4th jab for immunocompromised individuals as well as vaccination guidelines for children with neurological disorders and recoverees

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Published: 12.05.21, 20:13
Health officials will convene this week to discuss authorizing a fourth COVID-19 shot for immunocompromised individuals following the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, Channel 12 news reports.
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  • The Health Ministry's vaccination advisory committee and the team in charge of epidemics will reportedly only consider the jab for vulnerable groups that have yet to develop antibodies to stave off coronavirus.
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    The expert panel will also discuss vaccination guidelines for children with neurological disorders and vaccinating children recovering from the virus.
    The discussion on a potential fourth jab was prompted by the discovery of Omicron in South Africa on November 24 and its subsequent classification as a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    According to scientific experts, early evidence suggests that the Omicron variant causes a higher risk of reinfection compared to other variants, meaning individuals who already had the virus are susceptible to being infected again.
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    A render of the coronavirus Omicron variant
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    Immunocompromised individuals in the UK are already eligible to receive the fourth booster shot.
    The UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said last week that people vulnerable to COVID can get jabbed a fourth time, three months after receiving the booster shot.

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