Israel to start “widely” administering Moderna COVID vaccine on Sunday – .

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Israel to start “widely” administering Moderna COVID vaccine on Sunday – .


Israel will launch its administration of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine on Sunday and begin using it “widely” among the Israeli population, the health ministry said on Friday.

The ministry had announced plans to start authorizing health funds to order and distribute the Moderna vaccine earlier this month. On Friday, he clarified the vaccine protocol.

Until now, Israel has used its doses of Moderna to vaccinate Palestinians who worked inside Israel, but only gave the Israeli population Pfizer after a deal was made with the company to receive so much. of vaccines Israel needed in return for the country providing the infection and side-effect data to Pfizer.

In the future, the health ministry said, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be administered in Israel.

People aged 18 and over who have not yet been vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine will now receive two injections of Moderna 28 days apart. People over 18 who have already received one or two doses of Pfizer vaccine should receive their next dose of the same product.

The two Pfizer injections are given 21 days apart.

Anyone who received a first dose of Moderna, including people who may have received such a dose abroad, will receive a second dose of this vaccine.

The Moderna vaccine is only approved for people over 18, which means any 12 to 17-year-old who wants to receive the vaccine will still need Pfizer.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said last week that he has reached a deal with Pfizer to ensure that Israel does not run out of doses at any time and that orders will be delivered sooner than expected, so that anyone who wants to do so. vaccinate can get one.

However, Department of Health guidelines noted that for people receiving a third dose, if the preferred vaccine is not available, the vaccine can be given with any vaccine.

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