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Health Ministry: 700 Palestinian workers get first vaccines from Israel in pilot

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Some 700 Palestinian workers were vaccinated Thursday as part of a pilot program at the Sha’ar Efraim checkpoint between the West Bank and Israel, the Health Ministry said.

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

The government approved the plan on Sunday.

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Around 87,000 Palestinians hold work permits in Israel, and an additional 35,000 work in Israeli settlements, according to Defense Ministry figures.

Twelve dedicated vaccination complexes will be initially set up for the campaign, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said on Wednesday — eight for those employed in Israel and four for those employed in the West Bank — with Israeli healthcare workers administering the shots. More centers may be opened later.

Palestinian workers will be eligible to receive the shots by appointment and with the presentation of a valid employment permit.

The administration of the first doses of the two-shot vaccine will........

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