United Hatzalah President and Founder Eli Beer, Who Himself Almost Died From Corona, Spent Wednesday Afternoon Vaccinating Jerusalem Residents At Clalit’s Vaccination Center in the Jerusalem Pais Arena. Less than a year after the virus almost took his life, Beer was proud to participate in the national operation of vaccinating the Israeli populace as quickly as possible. 

Beer spent the afternoon vaccinating residents of Jerusalem and the surrounding area and spoke about his own experiences. “I suffered through the terrible symptoms that this virus can throw at people. I was induced into a coma at Miami University Hospital for nearly a month. It is for this reason that I am very excited to be able to help with the national mission to vaccinate the public and prevent other people from suffering what I suffered, especially people who are considered to be high-risk. This is something which I strongly believe in. The vaccines will help put Israel back on track and get us closer to returning to a normal way of life.”

Among the people who Beer vaccinated were Avraham Ben Melech, a Clalit member from the Baka neighborhood of Jerusalem. “I want to wish you that you see your 120th birthday and that you enjoy it with your children and grandchildren,” Beer told Ben Melech after he administered the vaccine. Ben Melech thanked Beer and said: “I am just doing my part for myself and for those around me and I am very happy to have received my second dose of the vaccine. Everyone should get vaccinated.”

Beer was accompanied by Rabbi Avraham Kunesky, who is the National Director of Clalit’s Charedi division, as well as the Regional Director of the Jerusalem Region Michael Mishori-Deri and Rabbi Moshe Rosengarten, the Director of the Jerusalem Region’s Charedi Division. “I am very proud of United Hatzalah’s partnership with Clalit. We feel that we have enlisted in a national mission. I am overwhelmed to see the more than 300 United Hatzalah volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to participate in this mission. Due to the fact that they are here, they are freeing up the nurses of Clalit to continue their important work in their various health clinics in their own communities.” Beer concluded by calling on the public to come and receive the vaccine. 

Director of Operations of United Hatzalah Moshiko Moskowitz who oversees the organization’s vaccination project explained: “The operations division of United Hatzalah trained 300 volunteer EMTs to administer vaccines to the populace in all areas of the country. Many of our volunteers have found themselves out of work and are capitalizing on their free time to participate in the effort to vaccinate the populace as quickly as possible. We are proud to be a part of this important work.   

Regional Director of the Jerusalem Region of Clalit Michael Mishori-Deri said: “Clalit’s Jerusalem region is proud of the close partnership that we have with United Hatzalah and the terrific people who comprise this organization. We the health care workers as well as our patients have been working with them very closely on a daily basis over the past few weeks at our vaccinating stations across the country. Clalit is the largest healthcare provider in the country, and we are prepared for the next step of this operation. We will take this step hand-in-hand with United Hatzalah. I want to say a special thank you to Mr. Beer for his terrific personal example. I call upon the entire populace who is among the current target population to learn from Mr. Beer’s story and come and get vaccinated.”