Israel is the first country in the world to decide to give a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has announced that President Isaac Herzog, aged 60, will receive his first booster dose.

He announced on Twitter that the president had been vaccinated on Friday.

Starting Sunday, August 1, seniors will be able to apply for vaccinations. The third dose is to protect those most vulnerable to the delta variant from the severe course of the disease.

As recommended by the company, the third dose should be given six months after the second dose. Since June, when the Delta variant began spreading in Israel, the country’s Ministry of Health has already seen a decrease in the vaccine’s effectiveness in protecting against infection, as well as against severe COVID-19 cases.

Currently, about 60% of people in Israel are fully vaccinated. community, or about 5.35 million people.

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