THE PFIZER Covid vaccine booster and second jab, if had within the past six months, should give high protection against Omicron, Israeli health chiefs claim.
Despite not citing any data, Health minister Nitzan Horowitz said on Tuesday that there was ‘room for optimism’ based on ‘initial indications’.
However, hours later a report by an Israeli news channel claimed the Pfizer jab was 90% effective at preventing symptomatic infection from Omicron.
Mr Horowitz told local reporters on Tuesday: ‘In the coming days we will have more accurate information about the efficacy of the vaccine against Omicron.
‘But there is already room for optimism, and there are initial indications that those who are vaccinated with a vaccine still valid or with a booster, will also be protected from this variant.’
Read our Omicron live blog for the latest news and updates…
Covid booster eligibility
You don’t have to wait until the six-month mark to book, as the NHS is sending invitations to arrive at five months after the second dose.
People who will be invited for a booster include:
- people aged 40 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid
- people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)