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Israel Gives 4th Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine to Over 500,000 People

Israel administered a fourth vaccine dose to more than 500,000 people, the health ministry said on Friday.

Israel began administering second boosters to the most vulnerable at the end of last month and then began offering them to anyone over the age of 60.

Authorities hope the additional boosters will moderate a wave of infections caused by the omicron variant. Figures from the Ministry of Health show that Israel currently has some 250,000 active cases. But only 317 patients are listed as seriously ill, much less than in previous waves.

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Esther Pamensky, a volunteer with the United Hatzalah Emergency Service Women’s Unit, administers a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to a woman in Clalit Health Services in Mevaseret Zion on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
(AP Photo / Maya Alleruzzo)

“Israel’s innovative vaccination campaign has taken a new step forward,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement. “Thank you to the half-million Israelis who received the fourth dose of the COVID vaccine and in doing so, help keep us safe.”

Israel was among the first countries to roll out vaccines a year ago and began widely offering third doses last summer in a bid to contain the delta variant. Almost half of the population has received at least one booster.

N'amah Yetzhak Abohaikal, a volunteer with the United Hatzalah Emergency Service Women's Unit, prepares to administer COVID-19 vaccine to a teenage girl while her brother and grandmother watch, at Clalit Health Services at Mevaseret Zion, Tuesday January 11.  2022.

N’amah Yetzhak Abohaikal, a volunteer with the United Hatzalah Emergency Service Women’s Unit, prepares to administer COVID-19 vaccine to a teenage girl while her brother and grandmother watch, at Clalit Health Services at Mevaseret Zion, Tuesday January 11. 2022.
(AP Photo / Maya Alleruzzo)

The country of nearly 9.5 million people has reported 8,298 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the government announced that Eyal Hulata, the national security adviser, had tested positive for the virus. He said the prime minister and his staff had carried out antigen tests which came back negative.

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