Israel is ready to vaccinate medical teams against coronavirus before the endangered population, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.
The country is preparing to start delivering coronavirus vaccines next week after thousands of doses of the Pfizer vaccine reached Israel last week through special card trips.
The ministry has published a list of who will be included first, with health workers appearing to be given top priority. The first to receive the vaccines are members of the medical staff at hospitals and then HMOs and private health clinics.
Those employed at geriatric and psychiatric hospitals will be vaccinated next, along with nursing and medical students working in hospitals and members of Magen David Adom and other rescue organizations.
They will be followed by nursing home workers and residents as well as Israelis over 60 years who are insured by an HMO.
Citizens suffering from underlying health conditions, including diabetes, obesity, COPD lung disease, hip-suffering, patients with immunodeficiency, those who have undergone organ transplantation or who suffer from hematologic disorders deserve to be vaccinated at the second stage of the campaign.
Those attending the IDF will begin receiving the vaccine as early as the end of next month, with Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi the first member to be admitted to -into.
The medical staff within the army are vaccinated first, followed by soldiers with underlying health problems.
The Israelis who are not eligible for the vaccine at this time are those who have recently contracted the pathogen and have antibodies, pregnant or breastfeeding women (or women who are trying to get pregnant), people with severe allergies and children under 16.
Teachers are also excluded from the list of those eligible for the vaccine at the initial stages of the campaign, despite the fact that they often show children aged 16 and under who will not be vaccinated.
At a meeting held among representatives of the Ministry of Health, hospitals and the Teva log center where the vaccines are stored, it was made clear that hospitals are likely to receive the first doses of the vaccine on Sunday. , with first inoculations occurring a day later.
Meanwhile, the HMOs have also begun preparing for the vaccination campaign.
“In terms of readiness and the information we receive from the Ministry of Health, we are ready to vaccinate our staff next Sunday,” said Leumit Head of Healthcare Services, Haim Fernandez. start vaccination. our insurance age 60 and older and those with chronic diseases. “
The office of President Reuven Rivlin said he will be among the first Israelis to receive the vaccine this Sunday to arrive at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein to be circulated Saturday afternoon.
Director General of the Ministry of Health Prof. Hezi Levi called on all Israel to be vaccinated once vaccines are freely available.
“We are doing our best to make the coronavirus vaccines accessible to the general public. As more vaccines become available, we will expand the list of those eligible for all categories,” he said. “This is the way we can deal with the disease and return to our normalcy in all areas of our lives.”