Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef: COVID-19 vaccine mandatory according to Jewish Law

The coronavirus pandemic has continued to ravage Israel, with a notable rise in cases among the ultra-Orthodox population.

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef urges Jews to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (Video credit: Courtesy)
Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, during his weekly lesson, urged Jews to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying that doing so is obligatory according to halacha (Jewish Law).
These sentiments were shared by Rabbi Meir Mazuz, head of Yeshivat Kisei Rahamim, who argued that any allegations against the vaccine were built on "imaginary" evidence.
The coronavirus pandemic has continued to ravage Israel, with a notable rise in cases among the ultra-Orthodox population. This has led to the government calling for a third lockdown, which began Sunday at 5 p.m.

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have already been vaccinated against the virus, with the Clalit health fund having carried out its 100,000th vaccination on Saturday.
Tobias Siegal contributed to this report.