The Education Ministry official in charge of the vaccination project in schools, Yogev Nadav, resigned from his position on Tuesday, following the dismissal of Education Ministry Director-General Yigal Slovik by Education Minister Yifat Sasha-Bitton.
On Monday, Israel began its coronavirus vaccination campaign for children ages 5-11 in schools. Shasha-Biton has been said to actively oppose the campaign, which was supported and led by Slovik.
Slovik, who was appointed director-general in July, was fired following disagreements with Shasha-Biton about the education system’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
"There is no connection between his firing and the subject of coronavirus," said Sasha-Biton.
Shasha-Biton commented earlier on her decision to fire Slovik during New Hope’s faction meeting on Monday, responding to accusations of wrongful dismissal.
“Sometimes we are required to make difficult decisions, and I made a decision,” she said at the meeting.“We have a wonderful team working on the vaccination campaign. The former director-general [Slovik] did a good job along with everyone else,” she said.
Shasha-Biton also responded to allegations which accused her of unfairly dismissing Slovik based on personal considerations. “The considerations were professional; any outside noises are total fake news.”
In August, prior to the start of the new school year, she told N12 that vaccinations at schools would be a “crime.” Shortly after her interview, Slovik opposed her views in a 103FM interview, saying the Education Ministry “does not have a problem with vaccinations in schools.”
While Slovik will only be officially dismissed from his role on January 1, 2022, he is de facto no longer the director-general, as he was given a leave of absence for the rest of December.