Residents of Israel and Bahrain who are eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot and are not at risk of losing their vaccination status have access to everything from restaurants to shopping malls.
Israel was the first country to booster shot the requirements for a “green pass” digital vaccination passport that allows individuals to enter everything from hotels, cinemas, gyms, restaurants to places of worship.
Under the new guidelines issued on October 3, the validity of the previous Green Pass has been reduced and passes issued before this date are no longer valid.
According to government recommendations, Greenpass is only available to those who can prove that they have received a government-approved booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine after the previous two doses have expired six months later or have recovered from their illness. You will be able to do it.
Those who have recovered from COVID-19 once or twice and have not been vaccinated are eligible for a pass valid for up to 6 months from the date of the last recovery certificate, based on a different set of guidelines. Those who have recovered but have been vaccinated only once before and after recovery will be eligible for a valid Green Pass until the end of March next year.
People who receive only one dose are not eligible for the Green Pass, even if the post-vaccination serological test is positive. It has not been confirmed if more booster shots will be needed in the future for the individual to be considered fully vaccinated.
On the other hand, those who have been vaccinated or who have recovered outside Israel may or may not be eligible for the Green Pass, depending on the number of doses of the vaccine received and the results of serological and PCR tests in Israel. It may be.
According to a statement by Israeli Ministry of Health Deputy Secretary of Health Usher Salmon, those who decide not to take booster shots can enter the venue even if the PCR or antigen test is negative 24 hours ago.
Israel’s new system will replace the previous system, which required only two shots to be eligible for the Green Pass.
“We believe everyone needs to get a third shot. We basically tell people that they haven’t been fully vaccinated if they haven’t done so yet. “I will,” said Salmon.
New policies have led many protesters to take them to the streets of Israel in national demonstrations, as more than two million people are at risk of losing their vaccination passports.
However, Israel is not the only country to take a tough approach to vaccination passports, as Bahrain also changed the vaccination status of those targeted for booster shots on October 4.
As of that date, individuals eligible for booster shots will find that their vaccination status has been reduced from the Kingdom’s Digital Vaccine Passport, “Green Shield,” to “Yellow Shield.” BeAware mobile application, If you do not receive a booster shot.
Previously, it was considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second vaccination and was given “Green Shield” status. Enter the shopping mall, Restaurants, cinemas and other indoor services.
The booster shot topic kept the medical and professionals separate.
On Tuesday, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists said they were opposed to a proposal to approve a booster shot of Moderna’s vaccine after the company noted reduced efficacy against COVID-19 infection. ..
FDA staff said the vaccine approved for use in the United States and the other two vaccines are still well tolerated by serious illness.
Meanwhile, U.S. drug regulators said Wednesday that a second shot of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine could enhance people’s defenses against illness, but based on its own data. I didn’t have enough time to analyze.
Both Johnson & Johnson and Moderna are asking regulators to allow vaccine boosters after the FDA has approved Pfizer boosters for tens of millions of Americans.