Updated February 21, 2021 at 9:16 pm
- One year after the beginning of the Corona crisis, things are returning to normal in Israel.
- Fitness studios, cultural institutions and swimming pools can be visited again.
- However, this only applies to holders of a Green Passport for vaccinated and convalescent people.
Israel has introduced special facilities 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 again. Health Minister Juli Edelstein wrote on Twitter that more than 3.2 million Israelis could now enjoy these benefits. The aim is to stimulate the economy in the country again. “
The Green Pass is gradually opening the country again,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The number of infections in the country is still comparatively high, but has fallen steadily over the past few weeks.
The schools were also opened to other classes.
Vaccination card is issued
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.
The Ministry of Health then announced that the vaccination card could alternatively be shown in the first two weeks.
The Ministry of Health has agreed measures with the police to prevent counterfeiting. Companies face hefty fines for violations, and Health Minister Juli Edelstein even threatened forgers the Green Pass with imprisonment.
The re was strong criticism from parents that distance learning via video conferencing software Zoom continues in middle schools while shopping centers are already open. Opponents of the vaccination also criticized the advantages offered by the Green Pass as an unjust and illegitimate means of pressure on the part of the government.
Happy vaccinated people
The vaccinated, who could do sports again after months in the studio, are “happy that they are entering a green island where they are not in danger,” she told the news website ynet.
The ater Habima in Tel Aviv installed a screen with facial recognition software at the entrance after it reopened on Sunday. “In the Corona crisis, we can help all institutions that quickly let in a large number of people and have to check their identities,” said Ejal Fischer from the Preciate startup.
The ater; it usually costs up to 1,500 shekels (around 380 euros) a month per station with a screen.
In total, around 4.3 million first and almost three million second vaccinations have been administered 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. (dpa / cdo)
According to media reports, the corona vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer stops the transmission of the virus by almost 90 percent. That was the result of an observational study from Israel. (Teaser picture: dpa)