Israel on Sunday introduced relief for citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from illness.
With a Green Passport, citizens in Israel who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus and those who have recovered can visit fitness studios, 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.
The Green Pass is gradually opening the country again,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening.
The number of infections in the country is still comparatively high, but has fallen steadily over the past few weeks.
Vaccination card can be created online
The schools were also opened to other classes.
In Israel, anyone who has recovered or who has been vaccinated 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.
In total, around 4.3 million first and almost three million second vaccinations have been given in Israel since December 19. For comparison: Germany has around nine times as many inhabitants as Israel. So far, almost 3.2 million people there have received a first and almost 1.7 million a second vaccination.
Freedom rights are not privileges
Regarding the dispute over the lifting of corona restrictions for vaccinated people in Switzerland, the Swiss Sunday newspaper writes:
The national ethics committee has presented recommendations on this. She would only like to allow a vaccination certificate to be requested under very restrictive conditions. She does not consider it permissible to go to the theater, cinema, concerts or sporting events. (…) That is not surprising: ethics committees are regulatory turbo. But freedom of contract applies in Switzerland. Private individuals decide to whom they sell tickets or goods. Freedom rights are not privileges that the state at its grace grants or denies to subjects on a case-by-case basis. It is precisely the other way round: the state must give very good reasons if it wants to restrict the freedom of its citizens. (…)
Should we deny others something just because we are not allowed to or cannot do it ourselves? Is it a matter of solidarity not to give preference to vaccinated people? What does a non-vaccinated person benefit from if a person who has been vaccinated is denied freedom rights?
The philosopher Reinhard K. Sprenger gives a clear answer: “Whoever demands solidarity is not fighting the virus, but the population.” (dpa)
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