Published: 2020-12-21 16:12
Last Updated: 2021-09-09 07:41
Following Israeli Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vaccination Saturday, the Israeli Occupation has commenced the vaccine's general rollout.
According to AFP, the vaccine will be rolled out at 10 hospitals and vaccination centers around the country for healthcare workers starting Monday, according to the health ministry statements.
The ministry added that the vaccinations will be extended to the general public, beginning with those over age 60, during the course of the week.
Vaccinations will be available to the general public through appointments.
The Israeli Occupation aims to inoculate 60,000 people per day. Sources however stated that the first week would be serving as a pilot vaccination program, which may alter the expected inoculations.
After vaccinating people over the age of 60, employees in high exposure jobs will get priority. This includes social workers, first responders, prison staff and prisoners and teachers. Members of the IOF and other security personnel will be vaccinated afterwards.
Once the aforementioned have been vaccinated, the remainder of the population will follow, depending on availability.
The latest health ministry figures reported over 370,000 people had tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the crisis, with over 3,000 deaths.
Subsequently, Palestine has also seen a spike of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
The West Bank, with a population of more than 2.8 million Palestinians, has recorded over 88,000 infections, including 869 deaths, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry's Saturday announcements. Additionally, the Gaza Strip has confirmed more than 33,000 cases, with 248 deaths.
The Israeli Occupation Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi has said that Israeli Occupation may provide vaccinations for Palestinians once it has vaccinated its own priority groups, such as frontline health providers.