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The Ministry of Health notified the HMOs on Thursday evening that the vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus sub-strains will begin only after the Sukkot holiday, and recommends receiving the vaccine for the entire population - especially patients suffering from immunosuppression, after many delays in purchasing them.
At the same time, about two weeks ago, the campaign against influenza vaccines, which were purchased on time, began. The vaccines that will arrive in Israel are manufactured by Moderna and approved by the FDA.
Coronavirus vaccine (archive)/Reuven Castro
Why is this important?
- According to data from the Ministry of Health, a few weeks ago there was an increase in the number of cases and in the mild patients hospitalized, and now there has also been an increase in severe morbidity and mortality from COVID-6 in the current wave. The data indicate that there are 487,424 coronavirus patients, of whom 120 are hospitalized, of whom <> are in serious condition.
- The best way to protect against serious illness is vaccinations, although they do not prevent infection. In Israel and around the world, there are a number of variants that cause morbidity, with the dominant variants in Israel being sub-strains of Omicron.
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Who is eligible to be vaccinated?
- The vaccination campaign will begin only after the Sukkot holiday when the vaccine supply arrives in Israel, but not all the stocks will arrive in full, and therefore the instructions to the health funds are to prioritize at-risk populations – the elderly, the immunocompromised, pregnant women and organ transplant recipients. Later, and when additional shipments of vaccines arrive, the populations will expand. As a rule, the vaccines are approved for the entire population aged six months and older, regardless of the number of doses previously administered. The recommendation of the Ministry of Health is to receive the booster vaccine in the fall at the same time as the flu vaccine.
- The COVID-19 vaccine can be received at the same time as other vaccines, including the flu vaccine or at any time interval between vaccines, except for the monkeypox vaccine – a four-week interval between vaccines should be considered, especially in adolescents and young men.
- Pregnant women can be vaccinated against COVID-19 at all stages of pregnancy, as well as be vaccinated at the same time with recommended vaccines for pregnant women, such as pertussis or flu vaccine, at any time interval between vaccinations. In addition, breastfeeding women and women planning a pregnancy can be vaccinated, according to the guidelines.
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