Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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I want a different priority order for COVID vaccination

The idea at the moment in Israel is to have this priority vaccination list:

  1. 250,000 medical professionals.
  2. 350,000 elderly citizens living in the country’s geriatric institutions and other senior citizens from ages 50 or 60.
  3. People with preexisting medical conditions that put them at risk of developing a serious case of COVID-19, such as people who are morbidly obese, have diabetes, or who have undergone organ transplants.
  4. People who are being treated in the country’s mental hospitals – around 200,000 people.
  5. The IDF.
  6. The rest of the population.


  • People under 16 because safety for them is not yet determined.
  • Pregnant women — same reason.
  • People who have suffered an allergic reaction from other vaccines.
  • People who have had COVID-19 already.


I propose something else, and I think that the reasons are obvious:

  1. 10% goes to poorer countries. They have no money to elbow themselves to the front of the line.
  2. The homeless. They have no way to protect themselves and can infect everyone.
  3. Health care workers and anyone who works in health institutions, including geriatric and psychiatric ones, including the cleaners, and (foreign) caretakers for private homes. They are under greater threat to get it and to spread it to vulnerable populations.
  4. The geriatric and psychiatric inhabitants of institutions and people who have a caretaker at home. These are defenseless.
  5. People with preexisting medical conditions that put them at greater risk of developing a most serious case of COVID-19, such as people who are morbidly obese or have diabetes. They are at risk.
  6. The IDF and security forces, police, security guards of paces that opened, fire brigade, street cleaners, and garbage collectors. They must be mobile and safe and keep us safe.
  7. Essential workers, like those who work for or in the government, Knesset, diplomats, newspapers, courts, utility, phone and computer stores and companies, places that sell food, car repair stores, public transportation. Keeping the state open and democratic.
  8. Owners and workers in companies whose survival is under threat, like theaters, restaurants, bars, stores, malls, and markets in general, and teachers. Opening up the economy.
  9. Senior citizens from ages 50 or 60 at home. We can safely hunker at home for a few more months. Immunized people can bring us shopping.
  10. The rest of the population. Who’s left?


  • People under 16 because safety for them is not yet determined.
  • Pregnant women — same reason.
  • People who have suffered an allergic reaction from other vaccines.
  • People who have undergone organ transplants or are otherwise immunocompromised.
  • People who have had COVID-19 already.

Those with immunity are allowed to huddle with anyone, in theaters, etc.

O, and to people who say, inspired by fake news, that the vaccination is dangerous because we don’t know its long-term side effects: We also don’t know the long-term effects of the CORONA-19 infection. There are already reliable reports on the permanent loss of certain bodily functions. If to take chances, clearly, take your chances with the vaccine, not the virus.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX among the over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon, and search: "zuiden, XXX". * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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