- This new green pass would only be issued to those who received three shots or recently recovered from Covid-19.
- While other nations are still grappling with administering the first dose, the stricter laws in Israel to obtain a green pass raises the bar for what the government considers full immunization.
Covid-19 Booster Shots Required for Green Pass in Israel
With both international and domestic borders slowly opening up after prolonged chaos caused by the Covid-19 virus, it’s safe to say that the world would be back to normal by the end of the year. For many parts of the world that have rapidly administered the vaccines to their citizens, what’s remaining on their to-do list would be the booster shots.
Now, Israel piled pressure on its vaccinated citizens to get a booster shot by making those who received their third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine eligible for a “green pass”. This allows entry to restaurants, gyms and many other venues — very similarly to Malaysia’s MySejahtera application.
For some background information, Israel was an early adopter of Pfizer/BioNTech booster shots and they have administered them to members of the at-risk groups in July. By the end of August, they have also administered the vaccine to those above 12 years of age. Israel’s vaccination campaign is being closely watched by other countries actually!
This new green pass would only be issued to those who received three shots or recently recovered from Covid-19. This comes as a replacement for the previous system that required just 2 shots. This would then raise the bar for what the government considers full immunization.
According to the government, beginning Tuesday, store owners or event organizers will have to scan a customer's digital barcode before allowing entry. There will be some exemptions, such as museums and libraries.
Image Source: The Times of Israel
Currently, 37% of Israel’s 9.4million population have received a booster shot and subsequently, the number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised in serious condition have dropped in recent days, as has the number of confirmed daily cases, which fell to below 4,000 after topping 10,000 last month.