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Israel to provide free COVID-19 vaccine for Filipinos regardless of their immigration status


The Israeli government gave free Covid-19 vaccinations to about 30,000 Filipinos, regardless of their immigration status, according to Israel's embassy in Manila.


Filipino caregivers, 400 agriculture students, and the employees of the Philippine Embassy in Israel were among those who got the first injection of Pfizer vaccines. Filipinos with expired work permits were also issued free vaccination shots.


"As part of the successful vaccination campaign, Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has vaccinated for free anyone who is in Israel, regardless of their citizenship status or whether or not they have insurance," the embassy said.


According to Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz, providing free access to the COVID-19 vaccine is a means of expressing gratitude to Filipino staff for their important contribution to Israel while also maintaining their health and safety.


“Israel is thankful for the Filipino caregivers for helping the elderly and the disabled Israeli citizens during the COVID-19 outbreak. For many years, the Israeli government has been providing the Filipino caregivers with full access to the advanced medical services of our country,” Harpaz told.


Harpaz claimed that Israel is committed to making sure the safety of Filipino workers, mentioning President Rodrigo Duterte's historic visit to the country in 2018, during which the Israeli government signed an agreement with the Philippine government to control expatriate workers' working conditions.


Since the deadly virus outbreak in 2020, which was first discovered in China's Wuhan province, Israel has aided the Philippines in its war against COVID-19.


Via webinars, workshops, and joint meetings, Israel continues to share its expertise and skills in disaster and pandemic response with the Philippines.


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