On August 24, 2021, a paramedic from the Israeli Magen David Adom Medical Service injected a third dose of Pfizer’s BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Holon.
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Israel and Bahrain hope that eligible residents will receive the Covid booster vaccine-and those who do not may lose the status of fully vaccinated and the privileges that come with it.
In Israel, vaccinated people have obtained so-called “green passes” that allow them to enter hotels, restaurants and many other indoor places.
People recovering from Covid-19 can also obtain green passes according to different guidelines.
As of October 3, Israel has shortened the validity period of the green pass. According to government recommendations, the pass will expire six months after a person receives the second dose.
Before a new green pass is issued, a third injection must be made, at least one week after the booster ball. The pass will also expire six months after the third dose. It is not clear whether more boosters may be needed in the future to be considered as fully vaccinated.
According to the Associated Press, protests broke out in Israel due to the new policy, and it is estimated that 2 million people may lose their green cards.
Divided into boosters
Bahrain has different standards for each vaccine it provides. However, most people 18 years and older will be eligible for the booster injection six months after the second injection.
Data from the Kingdom found that from July 1st to October 1st, 52% of infected people did not take the booster dose. In contrast, 3% of confirmed cases occurred in people who received the third dose.
“So it is obvious that boosting injections can improve immunity,” the government press release said.
— CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr., Rich Mendez, Natasha Turak, and Robert Towey contributed to this report.