As Israel Reopens, ‘Whoever Does Not Get Vaccinated Will Be Left Behind’

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Israel has raced ahead with the fastest COVID vaccination campaign in the world, inoculating some 4-million out of 9-million people with at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine. More than 2.6-million have gotten a second dose. But about 2-million eligible citizens ages 16 or older have not sought vaccines. The government will reopen shopping malls, museums, gyms, cultural and sports events, hotels and swimming pools to the public to those who are vaccinated or can verify that they have recovered from Covid-19. People will have to carry a certificate of vaccination with a QR code, known as a ‘green badge.’ Masks and social distancing rules are still in place for everyone. Yuli Edelstein, the health minister, says: “Getting vaccinated is a moral duty. It is part of our mutual responsibility.” His mantra is: “Whoever does not get vaccinated will be left behind.” Edelstein said that unvaccinated employees whose work involves contact with the public must be tested for the virus every two days. -GEG

Israel has raced ahead with the fastest COVID vaccination campaign in the world, inoculating nearly half its population with at least one dose. Now the rapid rollout is turning the country into a live laboratory for setting the rules in a vaccinated society — raising thorny questions about rights, obligations and the greater good.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet voted this week to open shopping malls and museums to the public, subject to social distancing rules and mandatory masking. For the first time in many months, gyms, cultural and sports events, hotels and swimming pools will also reopen, but only for some.

Under a new “Green Badge” system that functions as both a carrot and a stick, the government is making leisure activities accessible only to people who are fully vaccinated or recovered starting from Sunday. Two weeks later, restaurants, event halls and conferences will be allowed to operate under those rules. Customers and attendees will have to carry a certificate of vaccination with a QR code.

Israel is one of the first countries grappling in real time with a host of legal, moral and ethical questions as it tries to balance the steps toward resuming public life with sensitive issues such as public safety, discrimination, free choice and privacy.

“Getting vaccinated is a moral duty. It is part of our mutual responsibility,” said the health minister, Yuli Edelstein. He also has a new mantra: “Whoever does not get vaccinated will be left behind.”

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Anonymous
Anonymous
3 months ago

When Benjamin Netanyahu lips move its the Cult speaking

John
John
3 months ago

Israeli’s on average have higher IQ’s than most countries including the United States. One would also think they might be less inclined to blindly follow orders from a central command to do anything much less get a vaccine with unknown consequences.

Ron Corbyn
Ron Corbyn
3 months ago

And what about the adverse reactions, including a significant number of cases of facial paralysis?

terry shead
terry shead
3 months ago

The Jews have to be mad getting this poison into there bodies they call a vaccine on the call of a guy who should be in jail?

Phillip Mezzapelle
Phillip Mezzapelle
3 months ago

Who would have ever thought that the mark of the beast would have its beginning in Israel?

BOB
BOB
3 months ago

Are you kidding? If I lived in Israel, I’d line up for THEIR shot. Saline don’t hurt.