Israel hosts large Easter celebrations thanks to widespread immunization

by Joel Abbott · Apr 5th, 2021 4:02 pm

Last Updated Apr 6th, 2021 at 1:04 am

Christians in Israel held a number of in-person Easter services this weekend thanks to the quick and widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the nation.

The traditional Good Friday procession was also held in the Old City of Jerusalem, where crowds of people followed a large cross through the route Christ was said to have walked on his way to be crucified.

While more than half the nation has been immunized against coronavirus, Israeli officials do still have mask requirements and restrictions on attendance.

Christians living in the Palestinian-controlled territories of Gaza and the West Bank, however, were unable to attend such services. Vaccination rates have remained lower in these areas since the Israeli government is not in charge of the vaccine rollout programs there.


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