(ReliableNews.org) – Millions of Americans are currently receiving their third COVID-19 shots in the hope it will protect them against the Omicron variant as studies have shown vaccines have waning protection over time. The decreased protection along with the dozens of mutations on Omicron’s spike protein are raising concerns about whether the booster will be enough. Israel is testing a new plan.
On December 27, the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv began a study to test the effectiveness of a fourth dose of the vaccines to try to boost immunity in vulnerable people. The shots were being administered to 150 medical staff members who have already received the third Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination. The participants must have received the third dose at least four months ago.
#UPDATE President Joe Biden told Americans worried about the fast-spreading Omicron Covid variant that the US is"prepared" to fight it, as Israel — which pioneered the use of vaccine boosters — announced fourth shots for those over 60 and health workers https://t.co/YTQHrtV0iC
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) December 21, 2021
According to reports, countries around the world are watching the Israeli study closely to see what happens. Back in the US, hospitalizations are increasing but reports indicate the Omicron variant presents more mildly in patients. While Israelis might jump on board with a fourth dose of the vaccine, it could be harder to convince Americans to follow suit. As of early December, only one-third of fully vaccinated adults have received the third dose. Trying to get everyone to get a fourth dose might be impossible.
What do you think? Are you willing to get a fourth dose of the vaccine?
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