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“Green pass” will allow vaccinees to resume life in Israel

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The country that leads the covid-19 vaccination prepares the third deflation, and has already decided that only those who have a “green pass” to prove that they have been vaccinated, can have access to the economic and leisure activities that will reopen.

Almost 50% of the population that chose to be vaccinated against covid-19 will receive a “Green pass” one week after the second dose, as well as all those with presumed immunity after contracting the disease.

From Sunday, February 21, the pass will give access to gyms, hotels, swimming pools, shows, shopping malls and places of worship. The restaurants and bars will only be included from the beginning of March, advances the The Guardian.

For the rest of the population, activities will remain out of reach, although some sites are available to provide testing for coronavirus.

“This is how the first moment of returning to almost normal lives will be,” said the Minister of Health, Yuli Edelstein. The pass is being launched through a mobile application.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Health is also concerned that the vaccination documentation could be falsified and warned that anyone caught in these circumstances could be fined.

Meanwhile, with limited information on how vaccinated people can still transmit the disease, concerns remain about whether the change could lead to an increase in contagion.

Although the “green pass” is a provisional method for reopening the economy, it serves as a way of trying to persuade people who have so far resisted receiving the vaccine taking it at a time when daily vaccination rates are getting lower and lower.

“Being vaccinated is a moral duty, is part of our mutual responsibility ”, stressed Yuli Edelstein. In view of the reopening of activities being prepared in the country and the resistance that has been verified with the citizens, the minister has repeated several times the warning: “Whoever is not vaccinated, will be left behind”.

Another objective of the new policy is to allow vaccinated people to go on vacation without having to isolate themselves. In this regard, the country has already signed agreements with Greece and Cyprus, but it is still analyzing how they will work.

Israel’s initiative to separate citizens from accessing public activities in times of a pandemic, blocking access to those who do not want to be vaccinated (a decision that is voluntary) raises a number of legal and ethical issues, involving sensitive issues such as public security, discrimination , free choice and privacy, as the newspaper recalls The New York Times.

Ana Isabel Moura Ana Isabel Moura, ZAP //

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