The validity of the Green Passport, given to Israelis who have been vaccinated against the Coronavirus (COVID-19), will be extended until December 2021, Director General of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Hezi Levy announced.
The Health Ministry launched the Green Passport program which enables exclusive access to Israelis who have received the two-Pfizer developed vaccines or who have recovered from COVID-19.
Gyms and studios, cultural and sports events, houses of worship, hotels, and swimming pools are accessible to Israelis presenting the Green Passport.
When signing the extension order on Wednesday, Levi explained that “in light of the decline in morbidity and given the fact that the vaccine appears to protect us at least until the end of the year, we have decided to extend the validity of the Green Passport until December 2021.”
“I am glad that the vaccine protects us and allows us to return to a routine of life. But we must still be careful, wearing masks in closed spaces and keeping distance as there is not yet full information about the vaccine’s effectiveness in protecting against some variants. I hope that we will continue with the routine,” he said.
According to data on the protection provided by the vaccines and according to the discussions regarding the necessary time of giving a third booster dose, it appears that the vaccines will provide protection until at least the end of the year.
Malls, markets, street shops, museums, and libraries, are open to the entire population, subject to social distancing and COVID-19 health guidelines.
Some 85% of Israelis over the age of 16 have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Ministry is expectantly waiting for the trial results for youth and children under age 16.
Over 5,414,00 Israeli citizens have received the first vaccine, some 58% of the entire population, and more than 5,069,000, about 54% have received the second shot.
The Ministry of Health updated Thursday that it documented only 27 new COVID-19 cases over the past day.
Of the 40,406 tests done over the past day, a mere 0.2% returned positive.
87 of the patients hospitalized with Corona are in serious condition, 55 of them are on life support. The numbers have been steadily dropping. Most Corona wards in Israeli hospitals have been closed.
6,365 Israelis have died of the virus.