Palestinians begin COVID vaccinations

The Ministry of Health in Palestine began vaccinating its population against coronavirus, starting with health and medical teams working in intensive care units in centers and hospitals for treating virus patients on Tuesday.

The Minister of Health, Mai Alkaila, launched the campaign when she received the vaccine as the medical staff working in the intensive care units there was also vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, reported WAFA Palestine News Agency.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health announced that it had received 2000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, stressing that the priority for receiving coronavirus vaccinations is for health sector crews because they are the ones most in contact with corona patients, and the most at risk of getting infected with the disease.

The ministry said that the second group that will receive the vaccine is the elderly who are over 60 years old and those with chronic diseases because they are the most vulnerable to the disease and the more likely to develop serious symptoms.

The Palestinians hope to acquire tens of thousands more doses in the coming weeks through a World Health Organization (WHO) programme.

Israel has faced mounting global pressure, including from the United Nations, to help Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip to gain access to vaccines.