A letter from HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef instructing the residents of Israel to be vaccinated for the coronavirus was published on Sunday.
“I hereby turn to Acheinu Bnei Yisrael in Eretz HaKodesh to adhere to the instructions of the doctors, like it says in the Torah ‘ורפא ירפא’ – from here we learn that doctors have been given permission to heal. And [the Torah] says ‘V’Chay Bahem’ – and Raboseinu were doresh in the Gemara that ‘you should live because of them and you shouldn’t die because of them,’ and it also says ‘V’Nishmartem Meod L’Nafshoseichim.'”
“Therefore, after we have been informed – with Hashem’s overwhelming chessed – that there’s a vaccine that can prevent infection of the coronavirus – and all the necessary trials were carried out and the experts say that the vaccine will be able to halt the pandemic and there’s no risk in it…
“Therefore, each person must be vaccinated according to the instructions of the doctors without delay, thereby preventing risk to himself and others.”
“And Hakadosh Baruch Hu should listen to our cries and hear our tefillos and remove the pandemic and the sword and destruction from His people Yisrael and we should hear besuros tovos.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)