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Outbreak in Pardes Hanna, where many still resistant to vaccination

With only 58% of residents receiving 1st shot, town known for alternative lifestyles sees 13 classes and 3 kindergartens quarantined

TOI STAFF | By: April 27, 2021

People sit outside at a cafe in the town of Pardes Hanna, April 27, 2020 (Screen grab/Walla)

People sit outside at a cafe in the town of Pardes Hanna, April 27, 2020 (Screen grab/Walla)

A coronavirus outbreak in the town of Pardes Hanna, known for the open-minded attitude of many of its residents, is starting to concern health officials, but less so many of the residents, who are still proving resistant to getting vaccinated.

According to the Walla news site, a number of cases have been found in educational institutions, with children in 13 classes and three kindergartens quarantined.

With 48 active patients, the town has now been classified as “yellow” under the government’s traffic light system to classify infection rates, and a drive-through test center is set to open there in the coming days.

According to Health Ministry figures released Monday evening, just 58 percent of eligible residents of Pardes Hanna have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, with only 55.5% getting both shots.

The Walla report said that although concerns were rising, many who live in the town, known as a center for those practicing hippy and alternative lifestyles, were still holding out against inoculation.

“I’m not a guinea pig,” said one individual who wished to remain anonymous.

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