Top Israeli officials have decided this week to abolish the domestic “Green Pass” COVID-19 vaccine passport for restaurants, hotels, gyms and theaters.
Israel, currently one of the most vaccinated and boosted countries in the world, became one of the first countries in the world to impose such obligations last year.
Policy updates will take effect on Sunday, February 6th. The government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett On hold Approval Of the parliamentary commission. However, the vaccination policy proof remains intact at events such as parties and weddings.
“Continuing the Green Pass in the same way can create false guarantees,” Prime Minister Government expert Nadab Davidovich told AFP. “It cannot reduce infection in closed spaces such as theaters. It should be used primarily in high-risk areas such as hospitals, elderly housing, dining and singing, and dancing events.”
Earlier, some Israeli ministers claimed that there was no epidemiological justification for expanding the vaccine passport system and said it was ineffective in encouraging vaccination seizure.
Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman recently wrote on Twitter:
Few studies have been conducted to determine if a vaccine passport actually reduces the number of cases, hospitalizations, or deaths of COVID-19.Several the study The passport system shows that vaccination can be promoted in countries where the passport system is introduced.
On the other hand, according to a recent analysis published by the influential Johns Hopkins University, the COVID-19 blockade had little effect on reducing the number of COVID-19 deaths. The blockades imposed in the United States and Europe reduced mortality by an average of 0.2%, while the shelter-in-place policy reduced mortality by an average of 2.9%.
“This meta-analysis concludes that the blockade has little or no impact on public health, but if the blockade is adopted, it imposes enormous economic and social costs,” the researchers said. I am writing.
Vaccine passports have been flagged by a civil liberty group as potentially infringing on an individual’s right to privacy. Some critics also argue that mandates will create a two-tiered society of vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
In the United States, vaccination passports are imposed on restaurants, gyms, and similar locations in several major cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, and New Orleans.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.