Burial society threatens to stop COVID funerals if its workers aren’t vaccinated

The Chevra Kadisha, or Jewish burial society, is demanding that the Health Ministry vaccinate its workers, citing the risks of interring the bodies of people who succumbed to the coronavirus.

It has given the ministry an ultimatum, saying that if its members do not receive the shots by Wednesday, they will stop burying COVID-19 victims, according to the Ynet news site.

Members of Hevra Kadisha, an organization which prepares bodies of deceased Jews for burial according to Jewish tradition, take away a body of a person who died from coronavirus in Jerusalem, April 1, 2020. (AP Photo/ Mahmoud Illean)