Israel Brings Back ‘Green Pass’ That Indicates Vaccine and Virus Status

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The green pass is a digital pass available on mobile phones that indicates a person’s status in relation to COVID-19. To get the Green Pass, one must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, have proof of recovery from the coronavirus or have a negative PCR test from the past 72 hours. According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, alternative evidence of vaccinated status or recovery from the virus could be used as a replacement for the Green Pass.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett convened his self-proclaimed Coronavirus cabinet on Thursday. During the meeting, ministers decided to: bring back the Green Pass for indoor and outdoor events with more than 100 participants aged 12 and older. The pass does not apply to events with 100 or fewer participants. The Green Pass will also be required for cultural and sporting events, gyms, restaurants, conferences, tourist attractions and places of worship. The government has not identified any capacity restrictions for these locations. The policy will come into effect on July 29, according to a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Israeli government launched the Green Pass system in February, when it opened during its successful vaccination campaign. The obligation to show the pass at certain locations ended in June. Israel has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with over 60% of the population fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the Oxford University-based Our World in Data.

have been COVID-19 cases currently emerging in Israel amid concerns over the more contagious delta strain. the about 1,300 cases per day however, is currently well below the January maximum of over 10,000 per day. According to Reuters data, Israel also currently has an average of just one virus-related death per day.

Bennett’s Coronavirus cabinet also announced that anyone attending a wedding must present the pass or alternative proof, and that from August 8, unvaccinated people will have to pay for their own COVID-19 tests. People who cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons will be exempt from this requirement, the statement said.

Israel also plans to soon om exclude its citizens from traveling to the United Kingdom, Georgia, Cyprus and Turkey over coronavirus concerns, The Times of Israel reported today.

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