With more than 2.5 million Israelis already inoculated with three doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, the national coronavirus czar, Salman Zarka, has said preparations for an eventual fourth puncture due to growth variants of the virus must begin.
“This is our life from now on, in waves,” Zarka added.
He believes that booster injections that deal with the new virus variants more effectively could be ready by late 2021 or early 2022.
The health official previously stated that booster shots of the vaccine might be needed “once a year or five or six months.”
Another round of booster shots will be needed for those vaccinated to keep up with the coronavirus variants, Zarka, head of the special working group established to coordinate Israel’s fight against Covid-19, said in an interview with the public radio Kan on Saturday.
Despite the fact that two-thirds of the Israeli population are already vaccinated with two doses, health officials expect the more spreadable Delta to continue to cause an increase in cases and hospitalizations in the fall months Israel was one of the first countries to offer a third dose of the vaccine, which has already received more than 2.5 million people.
A “Green Pass” issued to vaccinated citizens, which grants access to places like restaurants and bars, expires six months after a person receives their second or third dose, raising speculation that more future doses may be on the way.