APRIL 13, 2021 - Foreign national vaccination center closes after protecting nearly 20,000 people

Vaccinations for non-Israeli citizens, including refugees and asylum seekers, will continue in a mobile vaccination unit.

APRIL 13, 2021 - Foreign national vaccination center closes after protecting nearly 20,000 people

Tel Aviv-Yafo, April 13 - The foreign national vaccination center in Tel Aviv's Neve Shaanan neighborhood, established by Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality in partnership with Ichilov Hospital, closed its doors on Monday (April 12) following the vaccination of nearly 20,000 foreign citizens within two months.

Vaccinations for non-Israeli citizens, including refugees and asylum seekers, will continue in a mobile vaccination unit.

The center at The Platform operated six days a week, forming an integral part of the municipality's participation in the national vaccination campaign, and emphasizing the importance of vaccinating the entire population - no matter their legal status.

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: "I am proud that our efforts have brought Israel to be among the first countries to vaccinate asylum seekers and individuals lacking legal status. Thank you to the Ministry of Health officials for their cooperation, and I express my great appreciation to the staff of Ichilov Hospital who implemented such an important initiative, in which almost 20,000 foreign nationals and people lacking legal status were vaccinated in Tel Aviv-Yafo."

Vaccinations were carried out at The Platform, a municipal entrepreneurship center seeking to drive local innovation in Neve Shaanan and surrounding neighborhoods, which was converted to efficiently vaccinate the foreign national population.

The center's activities, including a recent coding program for asylum seekers, have continued online during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Another large municipal vaccination center at Rabin Square closed its doors on March 16. Since opening in early January, over 96,000 Israelis were vaccinated at the center established and operated by Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and Ichilov Hospital.