Israeli health chief defends booster shots amid COVID rise


An Israeli health worker prepares to administer a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine on a man at the Maccabi Health Service in Jerusalem as Israel launches its campaign to give booster shots to people aged over 60. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:00 PM PT – Sunday, August 1, 2021

A top Israeli health official defended so-called booster shots of COVID vaccines as medical companies have been seeking to maximize their profit. During an interview on Sunday, Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis refuted claims that new COVID cases were driven by unvaccinated people.

“We are seeing about 50% of the people who are infected right now are vaccinated, fully vaccinated individuals,” she stated. “Previously, we thought that vaccinated, fully vaccinated individuals are protected.”

The Israeli government has introduced booster shots for its population by landing new multi-billion dollar contracts for vaccine manufacturers. Alroy-Preis has called for a repeat vaccination of the vaccinated.

“So we’ve just started the booster shot. I have to explain that the decision to make a booster shot is a combination of two,” she stated. “Together, with the fact that we are seeing lack of response to the vaccine over time, has led us to suggest to people or actually allow them to be vaccinated a third time.”

Meanwhile, critics warn this may result in prolonged vaccination efforts as well as the reimposition of coronavirus lockdowns.

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