On 6 January 2021, a health worker at Clattit Health Services in the ultra-conservative Israeli city of Bnei Brak operates a Kovid-19 vaccine.
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Israel is currently praised for deploying the fastest Kovid-19 vaccination campaign in the world.
Less than a month after receiving its first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech jab, a country of 9 million has vaccinated about 20% of its population, and more than 72% of people over the age of 60 have already had their Have received the first dose. Shot. The Israeli Ministry of Health aims to have 5.2 million vaccinations of its citizens by March.
This, officials say, will help the country slowly pull out of its strict lockdown, and soon with the help of a new document: the Kovid-19 Vaccination Certification, or what is being called the “Green Booklet”.
An immunity passport, announced earlier this week by the Ministry of Health, will mandatorily be given a “green booklet” to those who have received two doses of the vaccine.
“The Ministry of Health will issue a vaccine certificate after receiving the second dose,” Israel’s Ministry of Health said on its website. “It will take effect 7 days later, not counting the day of vaccine administration.”
The booklet will offer significant immunity to Kovid-19 security restrictions to vaccinated individuals. Those who keep it will no longer have to do the following:
- Go into isolation after coming in contact with an infected person.
- A Kovid “Red Zone,” or go into isolation after traveling to countries with very high infection rates.
- Testing must be done before entering certain tourist areas, known as “green islands”.
However, they would need to wear masks in public and maintain social distance, staying two meters from others and avoiding social ceremonies.
The ministry’s website states that people holding booklets “would be considered eligible for restriction in destinations around the world.”
Data on proof of vaccination will be registered in the database of the Ministry of Health, and patients who have not been vaccinated are not eligible for the booklet according to the website.
This aerial photograph, taken in Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday, January 4, 2020, features a queue of people outside a Kovid-19 mass vaccination center of Rabin Sakure. Israel plans to have 70% to 80% of its population vaccinated by April or May. Health Minister Yuli Edelstein has said.
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Israel is set to begin a lockout on 21 January, but an increase in cases in recent weeks means it can be extended. The country recorded a record high of 9,997 cases on Wednesday, double the daily case figure at the end of December. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, 523,885 virus cases and 3,846 deaths have been confirmed in Israel.
The vaccination campaign has faced greater hurdles in Arab and Orthodox Jewish communities in the country, where high vaccination is suspected. Israel has also come under fire from human rights groups for not expanding its vaccination campaign in Palestinian territories.
The Palestinian Authority has entered into an agreement with AstraZeneca and expects to receive its first dose of that vaccine in March, but has strongly criticized Israel for jerking off its responsibility to provide aid. Israeli officials have said that it should be up to the Palestinian Authority.
According to local Israeli news reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday held talks with officials on how to escalate the lockdown and introduce the Green Booklet. No date of its launch was given.