Residents of This ultra-Orthodox Israeli City Were Wary of the Vaccine. Here’s How That Changed Overnight

Bar Peleg
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Outside the Clalit HMO building on Bnei Brak’s Aharonovich Street, dozens of men huddled around a trailer. The friendly atmosphere in this ultra-Orthodox suburb of Tel Aviv resembled, in a surreal way, Friday night gatherings in town before the pandemic broke out.

At the health maintenance organization's building, the trailer was placed just opposite an area for women that was set up after the coronavirus started spreading in Israel nearly a year ago. Thursday night, young municipality workers were handing out bread, drinks and cholent – a special Shabbat dish – all in bags bearing the logo of the city’s “Green Night” vaccination campaign, offering a shot without having to make an appointment or wait, along with that goody bag.

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