In mid-December, Israel became one of the first countries to initiate a vaccination campaign, thanks to a deal with Pfizer to get millions of funded vaccine doses in exchange for providing statistics on their efficacy.
The immunization program was hailed as a success, with infections in the nine-million-strong country dropping dramatically.
However, due to the prevalence of the Delta form among the unvaccinated and diminishing protection in others, instances have been increasing.
After launching a campaign for over-60s late last month, authorities began administering a booster shot to persons
aged 50 and older last week in an attempt to curb the spread.
Horowitz, who received a third dose, announced on Twitter on Thursday that those aged 40 and over will be able to get a booster shot starting on Sunday.
He wrote, “We have immunizations for everyone, and those 40 and older can now obtain a third dose.”“The vaccine has proven to be effective. Let’s put a stop to this Delta.”
Since the epidemic began early last year, Israel has documented over 970,000 coronavirus infections and over 6,700 deaths.
Over 5.4 million people have gotten two doses of the vaccine, with 1.2 million receiving a third.
The World Health Organization asked for a halt on Covid-19 vaccine booster doses earlier this month to help alleviate the huge
disparity in dose distribution between affluent and poor countries.