After delay, COGAT says vaccine drive for Palestinian workers to restart

The vaccination drive for Palestinian workers in Israel and the settlements, which had been delayed, will restart tomorrow, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories announces.

A successful pilot program on Thursday saw 700 Palestinians vaccinated at the Sha’ar Efraim checkpoint between the West Bank and Israel, according to the Health Ministry.

However, on Friday, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said the plan was being put on hold “due to administrative delays, which are supposed to be solved in the near future.”

The full vaccination program for some 120,000 Palestinians who are legally employed in Israel and in West Bank settlements was supposed to start Sunday, at Sha’ar Efraim and seven other checkpoints, as well as four settlement industrial zones.

The drive will begin at checkpoints tomorrow and at West Bank industrial zones on Tuesday.

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