Almost half of Israelis have had their first vaccination. Now the vaccinated receive privileges.
Israel on Sunday introduced special relief for citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from illness. With a Green Pass you can visit gyms, hotels, theaters or sporting events, among other things.
Health Minister Juli Edelstein wrote on Twitter that more than 3.2 million Israelis could now enjoy these benefits.
“We are overjoyed”
Shopping allowed – the shops are again open to everyone in Israel. Museums, libraries and houses of prayer are also open again. As part of a second opening step after a week-long lockdown, shopping centers, museums, libraries and houses of prayer were also opened to non-vaccinated people on Sunday.
The re is still a mask requirement and the distance must be observed. «We had to stay closed for two months and are overjoyed to be here again. It feels like the first day of school, ”says Meirav Hod, the owner of the Hod Sneakers shoe store.
And the schools are also opening up to other classes. But some cohorts still have to stay in distance learning. Israel is emerging from a violent third wave, the numbers are still higher than in Switzerland, but falling sharply. Above all, however, Israel is vaccination champion – over 4 million have received at least one dose.
Privileges for vaccinated people
The prerequisite is a green passport in an app, which you get with a vaccination card or proof of Covid recovery.
The greatest pleasure, ”explains an Israeli who is finally able to lift weights again in the fitness center.
The app caused problems on the first day
Anyone who has recovered or who has been vaccinated in Israel can create a vaccination card online one week after the second vaccination. Personal information can be read using a simple QR code. Owners of such a vaccination card can then have a green passport issued, among other things via a special app.
The Ministry of Health then announced that the vaccination card could alternatively be shown in the first two weeks.
The re are only vaccinated or recovered people here. “
Green passport also causes criticism
Prime Minister Netanyahu is promising further easing. «We are opening step by step. If you have the green pass, you can go to the gym, the cinema and soon also to the restaurant and plane. But everything with caution. I ask everyone to get vaccinated. ”
The green passport as a privilege for vaccinated people also causes criticism. He is a leverage of the government and discriminatory.