Israel’s leaders to receive COVID-19 vaccine

December 17, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Both President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will receive vaccinations against COVID-19 this weekend.

COVID-19 quarantine. Credit: Pixabay.

Benjamin Netanyahu is still in quarantine where he issued this statement to Israeli citizens:  “On Friday, I will leave quarantine and on Saturday evening I will go get vaccinated. I have asked to be the first person to get vaccinated in order to serve as an example and to persuade you that you can and should be vaccinated. By the end of January, we will have many millions of vaccines here. I have worked very hard to bring them to you and I ask you – use them!

A professional team has also determined the order of preference for the vaccines. They have determined: Medical and MDA staff will receive first. Then the elderly and their carers in assisted living. Then the population over 60 and after them those with dangerous pre-existing diseases during the coronavirus period. After them – the rest of the population.

They also determined who will not be vaccinated: Not children, not pregnant women, not those with acute allergies and, of course, not those who have already recovered from the coronavirus. In the end, this leaves approximately six million people. We have enough supplies for everyone. If everyone is vaccinated – we will have quite a surplus. Therefore, the professional team has determined that if it becomes clear that we in fact have a considerable surplus, they will permit the general population to be vaccinated more quickly and I anticipate that this will happen very quickly. They will announce the exact dates.

President Rivlin’s office announced: “We would like to inform you that President of Israel Reuven Rivlin will receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday 20 December at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.”

The president will visit the hospital to mark the beginning of the process of vaccinating the medical teams, and to congratulate them on their outstanding work during the fight against coronavirus across the country.

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