Israel requires COVID-19 booster shots for tougher ‘green pass’

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Israel requires COVID-19 booster shots for tougher ‘green pass’

Israel on Sunday pressured its vaccinated citizens to receive a booster shot by allowing only those who have received their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to qualify for a “green pass” granting access to restaurants, gyms and many other locations.

Israel was an early adopter of Pfizer/BioNtech booster injections — administering them to members of high-risk groups in July and to anyone over the age of 12 by the end of August. The campaign is closely followed by other countries.

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The new green pass will be issued to those who have received three shots or have recently recovered from COVID-19, replacing a previous system that required only two shots. It raises the bar for what the government considers full immunization.

Starting Tuesday, store owners or event organizers must scan a customer’s digital barcode before gaining entry. There will be some exemptions, such as museums and libraries.

About 37 percent of Israel’s 9.4 million residents have received booster vaccinations. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in serious condition has fallen in recent days, as has the number of confirmed daily cases, which fell below 4,000 after surpassing 10,000 last month.

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