Controversy is still raging about the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine and who is supposed to get the third injection adopted by several countries.
While Israel allowed all groups to receive the booster doses, in the United States this was restricted to the elderly and immunocompromised.
This comes amid new studies confirming that those infected with the virus previously and who received two doses of the vaccine do not need a third dose.
newspaper says,The Wall Street JournalMany young Israelis are not ready to get the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, even though they are happy with the first two doses.
Searching for normal life
The young Israelis the newspaper spoke with believe they are still protected from severe symptoms of Covid, despite health officials’ efforts to persuade them to vaccinate for a third time.
More than a quarter of 16 to 19-year-olds got a booster dose, along with 40 percent of people aged 20 to 29 and 47 percent of people aged 30 to 39, according to Israel’s Health Ministry.
Whereas, those numbers are compared to older people, such as 65 percent for those aged 50-59 and 75 percent for those aged 60-69.
“Young people are less afraid of the coronavirus. Some are skeptical as to whether they are in fact at high risk or if it is part of government propaganda,” said Tamar Hermann, who conducts opinion polls on vaccine policy at the Jerusalem-based Israel Democracy Institute.
And an Israeli television report said that there was a significant increase in hospital admissions for children with Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS), a condition that can develop in the event of infection with the Corona virus.
The report, carried by the newspaper,Times of IsraelA day later, a 16-year-old teenager died of complications from pediatric multisystem inflammation.
On Monday, Europe’s largest health regulator recommended the third dose be used for anyone aged 18 and over who has received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
While the UK has started offering boosters to anyone over 50, the US is offering boosters to people over 65 and people at risk.
In Israel, which began mass vaccination before many other countries, some young people this time say they feel compelled to take a third shot to get a green pass that allows entry to public places.
“Everyone says they get the third vaccine just to protect their rights,” said Dan Ruchansky, 33, who owns a separate bar and cafe in Tel Aviv’s cool Florentine neighborhood.
“Everyone wants to live a normal life, so people get a third dose,” said Shaun Weizmann, 27, who works in a Tel Aviv bar.
“Won the game”
In addition, health experts say that people who have contracted Covid-19 and been vaccinated with two doses do not need to rush to get the boosters that are now being launched in the United States, according to the newspaper.The Wall Street Journal“.
Several studies indicate that people who have been exposed to the coronavirus and subsequently fully vaccinated have strong protection, including against new variants of the virus, and may not need the booster dose.
A member of the FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, Dr. Paul Offit, said people who got infected and got vaccinated “won the game.”
Offit, who supports boosters for older adults, but not on a large scale this time, added that “I wouldn’t ask them to get a booster shot. I think they got it through exposure to the coronavirus.”
Oregon Health and Science University researchers said that neutralizing antibody levels in people with hybrid immunity to the alpha variant were 5.2 times higher than levels in people who had just been vaccinated, in a study published in April. The team tested other variables and saw similar effects.
The researchers found that hybrid immunity to infection and vaccination generally confers greater immunity than vaccine-induced immunity alone, including against different variants. The study has not been reviewed or published in a scientific journal yet.
In turn, Yale University immunologist Dr. Akiko Iwasaki said that people who have been vaccinated and become infected are “likely to be in the last group that really needs a booster”.