MembersWho’s Afraid of the Corona Vaccination?

Should we listen to our religious leaders about our health and medical concerns?

By Aviel Schneider |
A medical staff member receives a Covid-19 vaccine, at the Hadassah Medical Center, on December 20, 2020 in Jerusalem. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** בישראל נגד נגיף הקורונה קורונה חיסון הדסה עין כרם Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

In Israel just like other countries, people are afraid and have doubts about the safety of the corona vaccination. Numerous rumors and reports in social media regarding the proposed timetable for its introduction are saying that the government is planning to begin inoculations at the end of December. In a step to reassure and encourage the country’s population, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein appeared on television getting the first vaccinations against the virus.

In a recent survey of 10,000 respondents, by the Israeli newspaper Maariv, 38 percent reported that they do not plan to take the corona vaccination. According to the radio station Kol Chai, 40 percent of Orthodox Jews interviewed do not plan to get the vaccination, and 68 percent of Orthodox Jews report that they do not trust the Israeli Ministry of Health regarding vaccinations in general. Almost 40 percent in the same survey say that they are waiting for their rabbis’ recommendations. It is not uncommon to hear this from traditional Jews in the country...

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