Israel The first country in the world to announce the launch of a fourth vaccine COVID-19, An action that seeks to counter the progression of the Omigron variant. “We find that protection against Omigron infection is declining. This wave is growing in surprisingly high numbers“The move was recommended by a team of experts from the Ministry of Health,” said Dr. Arnan Shahar.
The announcement by the government of Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett is expected by Omigran to create a complex situation. Israel It struggles to control the spread of variation with travel restrictions and other restrictions, although it has failed to order population control.
Tuesday 21 More than 1,300 new infections have been reported in Israel, The highest number since mid-October, and doubling the number of Omigran variants, now exceeding 340. In addition, vaccination figures have been stagnant for two months, with 63% of people being vaccinated with at least two vaccines. Approximately 45% with Pfizer levels and booster dose.
“The new variant is dangerous, at first it seemed harmless but it is not. There has been concern among officials”, The Peruvian Moses Tabiro, who spent 12 of his 49 years in Israel, tells Cohen El Comorcio.
One of the recipients of the fourth booster dose in the first group suffered from health problems. “The fourth dose is already scheduled for January 2022. People in Israel are ready to be vaccinated, almost everyone here already has three vaccines, and it is inappropriate to be vaccinated once again. We have to do it. Now that 16- to 12-year-olds have been vaccinated, a massive campaign to vaccinate children 5 to 5 years old in schools began 15 days ago.He says.
Ela Diaz, a Peruvian who has been in Israel for two years, points out that the new dose is aimed at Omigron variation and strengthening security.
“It is important to get a fourth dose, because every time the substance of Covit-19 changes, perhaps a fifth dose is needed, which is not known now. Vaccination is important to fight the infection and it is something that protects usThe 29-year-old fellow told the newspaper.
Although there are not many serious cases in the country, the authorities “They are designating countries mainly in Europe as red zones. At present it is very difficult to leave and re-enter if you come from a country in red”.
Tapiero Cohen believes Israel will be betting after the fifth dose or perhaps a higher booster dose. “Studies show that after six months the percentage of defenses starts to decline, so I think more reinforcement is needed, what to do, it’s an epidemicHe says.
Measurements against Omigron
The Israeli government acted swiftly against Omigran. On November 25, it banned foreigners from entering Israel and this week expanded its list of high-risk countries that its citizens should not travel to.
In view of the increasing contagion of Omigron cases, some internal measures have been announced, including restrictions on access to shopping centers and restrictions on schools in cities with high cases.
“Israel has completely banned the airport for two weeks to warn us of what steps can be taken to control incoming foreigners and residents and to organize us. Also, all incoming foreigners should be isolated even if they are vaccinated. This varies, with vaccinated 14 days and those not yet one week, i.e. 21 days”, Comments Tapiero Cohen.
Despite this, Diaz points out that in general, the situation within Israel is still normal. “They do not close or partially close any business or product. No curfew order, no limited capacity. Here it is very quiet, at present we can walk the streets without a mask, only in closed places we have to wear a mask, not two. I go to work, I go to the store, we protect ourselves if we are in the mall. The regulation is to enter any company with ‘Green Pass’ (Green Pass) such as shops, bars and closed spaces.“, He says.
Strategy for progress
During epidemics, Israel gained a reputation for being effective against the virus by acting before things got too complicated. After a very rapid vaccination campaign with the first and second doses of Pfizer, the Hebrew nation became the first in the world to administer the booster dose.
“Israel has always been present. The vaccine is exemplary, every citizen has a computerized medical history that allows them to find everything“Says Theas.
“At first it was shocking because we saw other countries following their lives without fail while keeping us in complete isolation, but then, as the process progressed, we saw results. Now we can say that we are not afraid to be put back in full lockdown. Airport operations are taken here, I think they are very important, I think this is a model because the issue of borders allows COVID-19 to spread.“She is OK.
Tapiero Cohen, Residents of Israel today have received a new ‘green pass’ where the registration of three doses is already included. “A bracelet will also be used to enter shopping centers. The bracelet will have a barcode, and the security person will have a code reader at the door of the company to check if the person has been vaccinated so they can log in and see their photo.”.
He points out that Israel has realized that even with three doses of vaccines a person can be infected with the virus. “Even after being vaccinated, they insist that we take care of ourselves at all times.”, Peruvian adds.