Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Tuesday that he has instructed the Israeli health system to make immediate preparations to administer a fourth covid vaccine jab to eligible citizens.

In a statement he posted on Twitter, Bennett wrote, “In this wave too, as we have done with the booster during the Delta [strain], we intend to be active and innovative, and to do everything to win. The world will follow us.”

Earlier, the Health Ministry’s Disease Treatment Council voted in favor of giving a fourth dose to citizens aged 60 and above, to healthcare workers, people at risk, and those who work with the elderly, Israel Hayom reported.

The Health Ministry recommended that the fourth dose should be given to those vaccinated with a third dose fourth months previously. It also recommended that a third dose be given three months after the second dose, rather than five months, as part of preparations for the Omicron strain.

The initiative is expected to begin in the coming days.

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