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Israel rolls out coronavirus booster shots to people over 60

• The Hill

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced the news Thursday, making Israel the first country to offer a third dose of a Western vaccine to citizens on a large scale, the AP noted.

"Israel is a pioneer in going ahead with the third dose for older people of the age of 60 and above," Bennet said during the announcement. 

The decision follows a spike in infections in Israel, where cases have risen up to more than 2,000 per day. Israeli officials announced Sunday that they would pursue a fresh inoculation campaign targeting citizens over 60, saying that protection against serious illness for those in that age group who were vaccinated in January dropped from 97 percent to 81 percent, according to The Washington Post.