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Fourth Vaccine Dose

According to studies, the Omicron variant, which led to the current infection wave, causes reduced immune protection among vaccinated individuals as well, compared to other variants.
In light of the extensive infection rate and the enormity of infection cases, hospitalization cases and severe illness cases, it was decided to allow the fourth vaccination of anyone aged 18 and older who has pre-existing conditions and risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness, for their caregivers and for anyone else at high risk for exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 patient in their line of work.
Studies show that those vaccinated with the fourth vaccine are twice as protected against infection than those vaccinated with three doses, and 3 to 5 times better protected from severe illness compared to those vaccinated with three doses.

 

Who can receive the fourth vaccine?

Immunosuppressed individuals

  • At-risk Groups
    List of at-risk groups
  • Immunosuppressed individuals
    Immunosuppressed individuals who will receive the fourth dose include recipients of organ transplants, patients suffering from hemato-oncologic diseases and other malignant diseases, dialysis patients, patients suffering from rheumatologic or auto-immune disease, sclerosis multiple patients and others.
    Immunosuppressed individuals will be eligible for vaccination with the fourth dose even if they have recovered from COVID-19.
    To the full list of cases in which vaccination with the fourth dose has been recommended
  • Facilities included in "Magen Avot veImahot" program
    Patients in all geriatric health and social services facilities included in "Magen Avot veImahot" program, including geriatric hospitals, assisted living facilities, residential facilities and hostels for those struggling with mental health issues are eligible to receive the fourth vaccine.
    Staff in those facilities are also eligible to receive the fourth vaccine if they so choose.
  • Adults over the age of 60
  • Healthcare workers
  • Caregivers of individuals who belong to high risk groups
  • Those who are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 in their line of work

 

When is the fourth dose administered?

The fourth dose is administered at least 4 months from the date of the third dose.

 

The type of vaccine administered in the fourth vaccination

It is preferable to administer a fourth dose of a mRNA-based vaccine (namely, the vaccines by Pfizer or Moderna), preferably a vaccine from the same Manufacturer of the first three doses. However, the fourth vaccine dose can also be administered with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The fourth vaccine will be administered at the similar dosage as the third vaccine, save for the Moderna vaccine that will be administered at half the dosage (similar to the third dose by Moderna, subject to the Manufacturer's indications).

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