'4th COVID vaccine shot sharply raises serious illness resistance for over 60s'

Reuters

Posted at Jan 24 2022 06:41 AM

Professor Jacov Lavee receives a fourth dose of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as part of a trial in Israel, as Health Ministry is considering offering the second booster to the elderly and immuno-compromised at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel December 27, 2021. Ronen Zvulun, Reuters
Professor Jacov Lavee receives a fourth dose of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as part of a trial in Israel, as Health Ministry is considering offering the second booster to the elderly and immuno-compromised at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel December 27, 2021. Ronen Zvulun, Reuters

JERUSALEM - A fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine given to people over 60 in Israel made them three times more resistant to serious illness than thrice-vaccinated people in the same age group, Israel's Health Ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry also said the fourth dose, or second booster, doubled resistance against infection compared with those in the age group who received only three shots of the vaccine. Israel began offering a fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to people over 60 earlier this month. (Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)