New reports are indicating that Israel is set to offer a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people who are over the age of 60 or who have compromised immune systems, as well as health workers, as part of a new drive to ramp up the shots and try to get ahead of the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Listen, folks. If three doses of this vaccine do not help slow and stop the spread of the illness, what good is a fourth going to do? How many of these shots are people going to allow pumped in their bodies?
Mark these words. We’re going to see all kinds of long-term troubles coming out of these constant shots. When the first batch of kids born with three heads and an extra set of eyeballs in the back of their skulls show up, I’m going to scream “I told you so” from the highest building I can find.
A Health Ministry expert panel, whose findings concerning this fourth dose have yet to be implemented, recommended Tuesday that those who are eligible get the fourth shot at four months after getting the third shot.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who has been trying hard to get more and more Israelis pumped up about getting vaccinated, was tickled pink by the panel’s statement, hailing it as “great news that will help us overcome the omicron wave that is spreading around the world.”
This is what delusional sounds like.
The panel further recommended that the time allotted between second and third shots be reduced to three months from five.
Such measures would be “part of the preparation for the fifth wave” of the pandemic, said the panel’s statement, which did not present specific data behind the recommendations.
“We are seeing a waning of protection against Omicron infection. This wave is growing in surprisingly high numbers… More than 80% of the panel supported this measure,” Arnon Shahar, a doctor who serves on the expert panel, said on Israel’s Army Radio.
To go into effect, the recommendations must be approved by the Health Ministry director-general, Nachman Ash. The ministry did not say when that might happen. After a world-beating vaccine rollout, Israel has seen turnout for the shots plateau. Around 62% of its 9.4 million population have received two doses, according the ministry.
The Bennett government took swift action against omicron, banning foreigners from being able to enter the country on Nov. 25 and then expanding the list of high-risk countries to which its citizens should avoid traveling to, which this week, includes the U.S.
“On Tuesday, an Israeli hospital reported the country’s first known death of a patient with omicron, before amending the statement to say a final laboratory investigation had determined he was infected with the delta variant. Soroka Medical Center said the man, in his 60s and with serious pre-existing conditions, died on Monday, two weeks after he was admitted to a COVID-19 ward,” Newsmax reported.
The Health Ministry stated that there are currently at least 340 known cases of omicron in the country as Tuesday.
“Bennett’s office also approved reducing office attendance by 50% for public sector employees to encourage more remote work. Defense Minister Benny Gantz ordered the military’s Homefront Command to prepare for the eventuality of 5,000 new cases per day, his office said,” the report concluded.