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Israel Administers Vaccinations to More than 100,000 Workers from Palestine

Mar 20, 2021

Workers from Palestine were recently given vaccinations at 13 different stations, located throughout the Jewish communities of the West Bank. 

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) of the IDF, which is in charge of managing relations with the people of Palestine, was the one that reported the vaccination. It announced that more than a 100,000 Palestinians with work permits had been allowed to cross into Israel in the last two weeks, and consequently, vaccinated. 

It was further added that three weeks later, the second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be given to these workers. Thus, their inoculation will be completed. 

Just two weeks ago, the vaccination campaign started out with its first phase. The Health Ministry, the Civil Administration, COGAT, as well as Magen David Adom, Land Crossings Authority, and Central Command, came together to help in the vaccinations of workers from Palestine. 

The head of the Civil Administration, Brig. Gen. Fares Atila, sent out his appreciation to the willingness and responsiveness of the workers involved. He stated that it helped the country achieve a milestone in preventing the spread of the disease in the region. According to him, this achievement is a big deal for the economy and public health of Palestine, as well as the State of Israel. 

In other news, Israelis wishing to visit countries abroad have been granted permission to do so for the Passover holiday, even if they have not yet been vaccinated.

The High Court of Justice in the country recently gave a ruling to lift the travel restrictions placed by the government. Consequently, the skies in Israel are predicted to reopen from Sunday onwards for the citizens.

The Director-General of the Health Ministry, Chezy Levy, added that no new regulations will be imposed on travel. However, he pointed out that the guidelines that were not affected by the decision of the High Court will continue to be implemented. 

For example, the number of people permitted to enter the airport will still be limited, coronavirus test requirements will stay in place, and those who have not yet been immunized will have to isolate themselves. 

On the 7th of March, the Ben-Gurion Airport resumed all of its activities. It had been shut down completely for longer than a month and a half.

The previous restrictions had become quite inconvenient for some people in the country, such as those wanting to return to participate in the elections on Tuesday. Moreover, families that had been wanting to visit people overseas were also bothered by the regulations since children could not travel freely. 

The Health Minister of the country, Yuli Edelstein, was unhappy by the ruling of the High Court. He, along with several health officials, took to criticizing the decision taken. However, following the announcement for the lifting of the restrictions, officials in the government have been working on a plan to completely reopen the skies. They will get this plan approved by relevant officials before Sunday. 

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