A Palestinian well being employee will get vaccinated towards Covid-19 on the Palestine Crimson Crescent hospital within the West Financial institution metropolis of Nablus (AFP)
JERUSALEM: Israel will administer Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians who work in Israel or in its settlements within the occupied West Financial institution, the Israeli liaison workplace COGAT mentioned on Sunday.
The vaccination marketing campaign, which might apply to round 130,000 Palestinians, will start inside days, COGAT mentioned.
Shaher Saad, secretary-general of the Palestinian Staff’ Union, mentioned hundreds of Palestinians who work within the Israeli service and industrial sectors had already been vaccinated privately by their employers inside Israel.
He mentioned that beneath the brand new Israeli programme, Palestinian medical groups could be stationed at checkpoints to manage pictures. Moderna Inc’s vaccine can be used, COGAT mentioned.
Israel has given not less than one dose of Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine to greater than half of its 9.3 million inhabitants, together with Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
Nevertheless it has come beneath worldwide criticism for not doing extra to allow vaccination of Palestinians within the West Financial institution and Gaza Strip. Israel captured the territories within the 1967 warfare. It give up Gaza in 2005, which is now beneath Islamist Hamas rule, however maintains a clampdown on the enclave’s borders with Egypt’s help.
The Palestinians have obtained round 32,000 vaccine doses up to now, for the 5.2 million individuals who stay within the West Financial institution and Gaza.
Israeli officers have mentioned that, beneath the Oslo peace accords, the Palestinian well being ministry is liable for vaccinating individuals in Gaza and people elements of the West Financial institution the place it has restricted self-rule.
Sunday’s announcement drew a measured welcome from Dan Waites, spokesman for the Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
“The Palestinian inhabitants stays, in the principle, unprotected from Covid-19, and we’d be glad to see extra initiatives of this type. We wish to see full, equitable entry to vaccines for all Israelis and Palestinians,” he mentioned.