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Israel is set to begin preparations to administer the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
The country’s national coronavirus czar Salman Zarka said the country needs to prepare for a fourth injection, which could be modified to better protect against new variants of the virus, the Daily Mail reports.
He said people should expect to receive a new vaccination against the virus more frequently, like “every five to six months.”
“Given that that the virus is here and will continue to be here, we also need to prepare for a fourth injection,” he told Kan public radio, per the Daily Mail. “This is our life from now on, in waves.”
While Israel is seeing record case numbers in its fourth wave, the Daily Mail reports jabs are still protecting against severe illness with COVID deaths running at about half of the level of its second wave.
Israel has been offering booster shots to people over the age of 60 since July, and the article states that data suggests the scheme has helped to curb rising hospital admissions. The country has since expanded the eligibility to everyone over 12 who has already had two doses.