The Israel Defense Forces' Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) reported March 18 it had vaccinated over 105,000 Palestinians who cross into Israel to work over the last two weeks. The workers are expected to get the second dose in about three weeks.
COGAT head Brig. Gen. Fares Atila said in a statement, “Over the past two weeks we have taken several steps so that the campaign for vaccinating West Bank Palestinian workers would be successful, as this is a prime national priority. Today we conclude the operation (its first stage) with an impressive number of more than 100,000 Palestinian laborers vaccinated. I congratulate the workers on their response and willingness — which take us one step further in curbing the spread of the pandemic in the region. This is meaningful news for the Israeli and the Palestinian public health and economy alike. COGAT will continue its efforts, with all the relevant bodies, to protect and preserve the health, well-being and economic well-being of residents in the region.”