(IL) – Israel’s national coronavirus czar Salman Zarka is telling the public to prepare to take booster shots every five months as the virus “is here to stay.”
With over 2.5 million Israelis already inoculated with three Covid-19 vaccine doses, the national coronavirus czar, Salman Zarka, has said preparations need to begin for an eventual fourth jab due to the virus’ growing variants.
Yet another round of booster shots will be needed for the vaccinated in order to keep up with coronavirus variants, said Zarka, the head of the special task force set up to coordinate Israel’s fight against Covid-19, in an interview with Kan public radio on Saturday. Despite two-thirds of the Israeli population already being vaccinated with two doses, health officials expect that the more spreadable Delta will continue to lead to a rise in cases and hospitalizations in the fall months.
“Given that the virus is here and is here to stay, we must also ready ourselves for the fourth jab,” [Zarka said.]
“This is our life from now on, in waves,” Zarka added. He believes booster shots that deal with new variants of the virus more effectively could be ready by late 2021 or early 2022.
The health official previously stated that vaccine booster shots could need to be taken “once a year or five or six months.”
Israel is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world and yet it currently has the highest covid case number per capita in the world and deaths are surging.
The occupied Palestinian territories, where under 10% of the public are fully vaccinated, are seeing no such similar surge in cases or deaths.