Israelis aged 60 and older will become eligible for a third dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Israel from Sunday, officials say.
The Israeli Ministry of Health said in a statement on Thursday that the country’s elderly citizens will be vaccinated against Covid-19 with a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
The vast majority of its Epidemic Management Team recommended vaccinating the elderly, but the group was divided on the minimum age to be vaccinated, which ranged from 60 to 70, according to the Ministry.
The recommendation was forwarded to the Ministry’s Director General, Nachman Ash, who would decide within days when and at what ages the third vaccination jabs would begin, according to the Xinhua news agency.
The vaccination campaign in Israel began on December 20, 2020, with the first phase aimed at medical personnel, people over the age of 65, and chronic patients.
Since then, the vaccine eligibility age has gradually decreased, and all people aged 12 and up are now eligible for the first and second doses.
On July 12, Israel began providing the third dose to adults with weakened immune systems.