Israel to issue new proof of vaccination and recovery documents valid until end of 2021
Israel is set to issue new documents with proof of vaccination or recovery from the virus that will be valid until the end of the year.
The new documentation form is expected to be issued before the end of June as the certificates of the first people vaccinated begin to expire, according to Hebrew media reported on Wednesday.
The health ministry told the Ynet news site it is working to ensure the current certification does not expire, leaving people without the means to travel or forcing them to undergo expensive tests.
Last month, the Department of Health announced that it would extend the validity of the Green Pass, for people vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have recovered from the coronavirus, until 2021. The initial certificates were not valid than six months; at the time of their issuance, it was not yet known how long the vaccines would protect.
Since the announcement, Israel has removed the need for the pass to access sites or events inside the country, meaning international travel was the only place the new passes would be needed.
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Reports did not say whether the new certification would be recognized by other countries, possibly reducing the need for testing or quarantine on international travel.
The Department of Health still advises against non-essential travel abroad.
According to ministry data, more than 5 million people in Israel have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and more than 800,000 have tested positive for COVID-19 at some point in the pandemic. Israel recently launched its vaccination campaign for children aged 12 to 15, with an additional 600,000 people now eligible for vaccination.
Reports of the new certification system came one day as Israel lifted the mandate to wear masks indoors, ending one of the last major coronavirus restrictions in place. The pandemic has receded in Israel, with the number of daily cases falling from the thousands seen at the start of the year to just one or double digits.
However, the health ministry has continued to issue travel warnings to a number of countries where there are outbreaks in attempts to reduce the import of infections and potentially vaccine resistant strains.
On Wednesday, the ministry issued a “stern” warning against travel to the United Arab Emirates, adding the Gulf state to a list of countries Israelis are advised not to visit due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
Health officials have previously complained that the lax treatment of arrivals from the UAE is contributing to new infections, but politicians are said to have feared angering Emirati officials by applying new restrictions so soon after the two countries normalized their relations last year.
The ministry removed Peru from the severe warning list, which now includes the United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Uruguay, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Maldives, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Tunisia.
A ministry statement said that if there was not a “significant improvement” in morbidity figures in these countries, they could be added to another list of countries considered “at maximum risk” to which the Israelis were not. are not allowed to travel. This list includes Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, and Russia.
According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health, 28 new cases of COVID were confirmed on Tuesday, 0.1% of the 28,056 tests carried out coming back positive, after an epidemic in which 11 students were infected at a school in Modiin . Police have reportedly investigated whether the outbreak was caused by a man who violated quarantine after returning from abroad.
The ministry said there were 231 active infections in the country, including 25 people in serious condition. There have been 839,720 confirmed cases and 6,428 deaths from the coronavirus in Israel since the start of the pandemic.