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The Israeli government wants to provide vaccination against COVID-19 to all Holocaust survivors. In Slovakia, approximately 350 people should be vaccinated.

According to the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities, the Israeli government wants to buy and provide vaccinations against the covid of all Holocaust survivors.

“It is a very symbolic and significant gesture by the state of Israel towards those who have shown an absolute determination to live in the past. After the end of negotiations with the Israeli government and the competent authorities in Slovakia, all those who survived the horrors of the Holocaust will be vaccinated in Slovakia, “the union added in an official statement.

Vaccines were originally supposed to be delivered to Slovakia by the Israeli side, but the logistics are complicated. “Negotiations are really underway,” says Richard Duda, chairman of the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Slovakia. According to him, these should have been vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which are also approved in the European Union.

“However, the problem is logistical, on Monday, vaccinations began in social service homes throughout Slovakia. We cannot passively wait for this to be resolved logistically with the vaccines that Israel will provide, even if it is an amazing gesture. At the age of over 90, it’s about every day. We therefore decided to have the Holocaust survivors revaccinated in accordance with the vaccination strategy of the Slovak Republic. However, in order to take advantage of Israel’s offer, we are negotiating for Israel to reimburse us for these vaccines. So Israel’s offer will not be lost, but at the same time we would not waste time, “says Duda.

40 clients live in the only Slovak Jewish boarding house in Bratislava. As many as 31 of them survived the Holocaust. Their average age is over 90 years, while the oldest client is 105 years old. It is the only facility in the Bratislava region that has not yet seen a positive client.

However, the association has also prepared an exact list of Holocaust survivors who live in Slovakia and outside this pension. According to Dominika Dobrovičová, a spokeswoman for the Israeli embassy in Slovakia, it should be about 350 people together.

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