Israeli Occupation begins vaccinating Palestinians with Israeli Occupation work permits


Published: 2021-03-08 15:29

Last Updated: 2021-04-12 12:45

Source: MERIP
Source: MERIP

Monday, the Israeli Occupation officially launched a vaccination campaign against the Coronavirus for Palestinians who hold work permits in the Israeli Occupation or in its settlements in the occupied West Bank.

A statement issued by the Israeli Medical Emergency Service confirmed that paramedics of the "MDA" medical organization had vaccinated workers with the Moderna vaccine in "vaccination campaigns at Israeli checkpoints and in industrial zones" in the West Bank.

Thursday, 700 Palestinian workers received the vaccine as part of a trial campaign.

About 475,000 Jewish settlers live in West Bank settlements that are considered illegal by the bulk of the international community.

Feb. 19, the Palestinian Authority announced that it had reached an agreement with the Israeli Occupation under which the Israeli Occupation would vaccinate 100,000 Palestinian workers.

The Israeli Occupation is considered to be leading the world in coronavirus vaccinations, having vaccinated nearly 50 percent of its population.

The vaccination operations include Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, who number more than 300,000.

The Israeli Occupation faced widespread calls from the United Nations and other parties to ensure that the Palestinians were vaccinated as they are under occupation and besieged by the Israeli Occupation.

The occupied West Bank, where 2.8 million people live, has recorded more than 142,000 cases and 1,596 deaths from the virus since the outbreak began in the Palestinian territories last year.

The steady increase in the number of cases in the West Bank prompted the Palestinian Authority to announce a one-week comprehensive closure of the cities of Ramallah and Nablus and the villages surrounding occupied East Jerusalem, in addition to the closure of Bethlehem for a period of 48 hours.