Israeli Magan David Adom medical service emergency personnel will receive the third dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine in Holon on August 24, 2021.
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Israel and Bahrain want eligible residents to have a COVID booster shot. Otherwise, you risk losing your fully immunized status and associated privileges.
In Israel, vaccinated people are given a so-called “green pass” that allows them to enter hotels, restaurants and many other indoor venues.
Those who have recovered from COVID-19 can also issue green passes under different guidelines.
As of October 3, Israel has shortened the validity of the Green Pass. According to government recommendations, the pass expires six months after a person receives a second dose.
A third shot should be given at least one week after the booster before a new green pass is issued. The pass ends 6 months after the third dose. It is not clear whether further boosters will be needed in the future to be considered fully vaccinated.
According to the Associated Press, an estimated 2 million people in Israel could lose their Green Passes in protest against the new policies.
split with booster
There are different standards for each vaccine offered in Bahrain. However, most people over the age of 18 are eligible for a booster shot 6 months after the second dose.
According to data from the Kingdom, from 1 July to 1 October, 52% of infected people did not receive a boost from vaccination. By comparison, 3% of the confirmed cases were those who received a third dose.
“Therefore, it is clear that booster shots boost immunity,” a government news release said.
— — CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr., Rich Mendez, Natasha Turak and Robert Tovey contributed to this report.