A foreign national receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the new vaccination center in Tel Aviv
A foreign national receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the new vaccination center in Tel Aviv
Photo: EPA
A foreign worker gives the thumbs up as he receives the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv rolls out COVID vaccines for foreign nationals, asylum seekers

Vaccination center in southern part of city, which is home to large migrant community, dispenses doses to dozens of people, including migrant workers from Philippines, Moldova and Nigeria, as well as Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers

Associated Press |
Published: 02.09.21 , 15:43
Dozens of asylum seekers and foreign workers in Tel Aviv lined up to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday as part of an initiative to inoculate the city's foreign nationals.
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  • Tel Aviv city hall and the Sourasky Medical Center started administering vaccines free of charge to the city's foreign nationals, many of whom are undocumented asylum seekers.
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    מרכז החיסונים למבקשי מקלט בתל אביב
    מרכז החיסונים למבקשי מקלט בתל אביב
    A foreign worker gives the thumbs up as he receives the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    On its first day of operation, the vaccination center in southern Tel Aviv, which is home to a large migrant community, dispensed doses to dozens of foreign nationals who lined up outside the building.
    Posters provided information in English, Tigrinya, Russian and Arabic. Recipients included foreign workers from the Philippines, Moldova, and Nigeria, as well as Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers.
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    מרכז החיסונים למבקשי מקלט בתל אביב
    A sign written in multiple languages at the Tel Aviv vaccination center for foreign nationals
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    Garipelly Srinivas Goud, an Indian national who has worked in Israel for eight years, said that some foreign workers in Israel don't have money or insurance to afford paying privately for the vaccine, and said the vaccine drive was a "very good decision. I am very happy."
    Eytan Schwartz, a Tel Aviv municipality spokesman, said it was the government's responsibility "to vaccinate everybody within the nation's borders."
    He said that the city would take the next step and start "to vaccinate the illegal or undocumented asylum seekers as well."
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    French nuns living in Israel queue with other foreign residents to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv
    French nuns living in Israel queue with other foreign residents to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv
    French nuns living in Israel queue with other foreign residents to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: AFP)
    Israel has pushed to inoculate most of its population since late December. Last week it made vaccines available to all citizens over the age of 16.
    It has thus far delivered over 3.5 million first doses of the Pfizer vaccine and at least 2.1 million second doses. It has also started providing the Palestinian Authority with thousands of vaccines for healthcare workers.
    On Sunday, Israel started easing some of its lockdown restrictions that had been in place for over a month in an effort to clamp down on the spread of the coronavirus.
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    A foreign national receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the new vaccination center in Tel Aviv
    A foreign national receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the new vaccination center in Tel Aviv
    A foreign national receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the new vaccination center in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: EPA)
    Infection rates in Israel remain high however. The country has recorded over 700,000 cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic last year.
    At least 5,192 people have died of the disease, according to Health Ministry figures published on Tuesday.
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