The Health Ministry on Sunday approved the “intensive measures” that would be introduced in neighborhoods in Yerushalayim and Beit Shemesh to combat one of the worst measles outbreaks Israel has seen in decades.
Starting Monday, Tipat Halav perinatal care centers in the Yerushalayim neighborhoods of Ramot, Givat Shaul, Ramat Eshkol, Romema, Sanhedria and Ramat Shlomo will extend their opening hours until 8 p.m. every day for the next two weeks. Care centers in in Beit Shemesh and Beitar Illit will also be open late.
In addition, mobile vaccination clinics will be sent to the neighborhoods that are home to the largest spread of known infections — 753 have been recorded in Yerushalayim’s charedi communities alone — and where the immunization rate is around 50 percent.
In preventative measures, the ministry said it will be refusing access to “sensitive” departments of hospitals to unvaccinated visitors. An additional ban to bar unvaccinated people from schools is being considered as well.
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