The Loop: Israel approves fourth COVID vaccine dose, NYE celebrations in your city, and it’s a ruff day for the Westminster Kennel Club

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It's Friday, December 31 and you're reading The Loop, a quick wrap-up of the news you need to know.

One thing you should know — Israel has approved a fourth COVID vaccine dose

It becomes the first country in the world to do so as it braces for a wave of infections fuelled by the Omicron variant.

  • Nachman Ash, the director general of the Health Ministry, announced the decision to offer a fourth dose to those most vulnerable late on Thursday local time
  • He says the decision is based on early research, and that officials will consider expanding fourth doses to more people 
  • Israel currently has more than 20,000 active patients, including 94 who are seriously ill

One thing you'll be hearing about today — see ya' later, 2021

While it's not quite the "hot vaxxed summer" many Australians had hoped for, there's no need to completely abandon plans to ring in the New Year in style.

Whether you’re looking for fireworks or a more socially distanced soiree, here’s the lowdown on what's happening on New Year's Eve across Australia.

  • Sydney: Celebrations are going ahead, but the tradition of camping out harbourside to get a front-row seat is off the cards
  • Melbourne: Fireworks are being held across four, private "Celebration Zones" in an effort to reduce crowds and keep track of all attendees
  • Brisbane: The city’s official celebrations are back on after a year’s hiatus, and will light up the river at 8:30pm and again at midnight
  • Perth: Fireworks will go ahead at fewer locations this year — the city centre and parts of Fremantle, south of Perth, will light up around midnight
  • Adelaide: Up to 5,000 people will gather at Rymill Park for this year's "Light Up" New Year's Eve event, which is being held in lieu of the usual fireworks display
  • Hobart: Celebrations will largely be around the waterfront for the annual Taste of Summer food and wine festival at the Princes Wharf 1
  • Canberra: The city will play host to two fireworks displays over Lake Burley Griffin to ring in 2022
  • Darwin: The biggest annual New Year's Eve event in the territory is held at the Darwin Waterfront, with Amy Shark and The Veronicas headlining and two fireworks shows scheduled

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One more thing …

It's shaping up to be a ruff day for the Westminster Kennel Club.

The iconic dog show has been postponed because of COVID-19, with organisers yet to confirm a new date.

First held in 1877, the event attracts thousands of competitors from around the US.

And do you know what that means? This is just an excuse to show you all some dog videos.

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