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US Fact check: Israel launching 'Green Pass' for COVID-19 vaccinated

05:31  03 march  2021
05:31  03 march  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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JERUSALEM — Israel reopened swathes of its economy including malls and leisure facilities on Sunday, with the government saying the start of a return to routine was enabled by Covid - 19 vaccines administered to almost half the population. Shops were open to all, but access to gyms, hotels and theatres was limited to people with a “ Green Pass ”: those who have had both doses of the vaccine more than a week prior, or recovered from the disease with presumed immunity. Pass -holders could prove their status by presenting a vaccination certificate or downloading a health ministry app linked

Israel has been lauded for deploying what is currently the fastest Covid - 19 vaccination campaign in the world. Less than a month after receiving its first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, the country of 9 million has vaccinated around 20% of its population, and more than 72% of people over the age of The vaccinations , officials say, will help the country gradually exit its strict lockdown, and soon with the help of a new document: a Covid - 19 vaccination certification, or what's being called the " green booklet." Essentially an immunity passport announced by the Ministry of Health earlier this week, the

The claim: Israel implementing an internal COVID-19 vaccine passport

a person wearing glasses talking on a cell phone: A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine to a pregnant woman at Clalit Health Services, in Israel's Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 23, 2021. © JACK GUEZ, AFP via Getty Images A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine to a pregnant woman at Clalit Health Services, in Israel's Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 23, 2021.

The U.S. may have reached over 77 million coronavirus vaccines administered, but its rollout effort lags behind countries like Israel, where over 50% of Israelis have received at least one dose and nearly 40% have been fully vaccinated.

Protection against the contagious virus is not the only thing the country of 9.2 million is providing its vaccinated: It's handing out some social perks as well, claims one social media post.

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Israel plans to ease more restrictions on businesses on Sunday and reopen hotels and gyms to those fully vaccinated or deemed immune after recovering from Covid - 19 , the government said. FRANCE 24's Irris Makler tells us more.

More than 12,400 people in Israel have tested positive for coronavirus after being vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, including 69 who had received their second dose, the country's Health Ministry said. Some 189,000 people were tested for Covid - 19 after being vaccinated , with 6.6 percent getting a positive result, according to ministry data reported by Israeli outlets. The majority were apparently infected shortly after receiving the first jab of the two-part vaccine – a period when the inoculation isn't expected to have kicked in yet.

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"Photo from Isreal (sic), where they are implementing an internal COVID-19 vaccine passport," writes one Facebook user to the image of green lounge chairs on a beach marked with the words "RESERVED FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE ONLY."

The post has received over 400 interactions and shares since it was posted on Feb. 28, along with many comments expressing disbelief.

"This is called social conditioning!" commented one Facebook user.

"That's messed up!" said another.

USA TODAY has reached out to the original poster for further comment.

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An exclusive certificate for the vaccinated

The "internal COVID-19 vaccine passport" is a very real initiative introduced by Israel's Ministry of Health in mid-January and released in late February in attempts to reopen the country, and the economy, more widely.

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According to the ministry, the passport, or "Green Pass" – a vaccination certificate, both digital and in paper form – is available to any individual who has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through any one of Israel's four health maintenance organizations or other accredited vaccination service.

Individuals who have recovered from the virus, indicating acquired immunity, but have not been vaccinated are not eligible.

While shops, malls and museums are open to all, the Green Pass confers exclusive access to restricted sites like hotels, gyms, theaters, music venues and other leisure facilities. Indoor dining in restaurants and bars is expected to be included sometime in March, The Guardian reported.

a person wearing a hat and glasses: A health care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at a large vaccination center open by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on Dec. 31, 2020, in the Israeli coastal city. © JACK GUEZ, AFP via Getty Images A health care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at a large vaccination center open by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on Dec. 31, 2020, in the Israeli coastal city.

Pass-holders are not required to follow COVID-19 safety restrictions such as going into isolation if coming into contact with a confirmed infected patient or after international travel from a COVID-19 "red zone," or countries with high infectious rates.

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ADDITIONAL CONTEXT: Over two million Israelis have been vaccinated against Covid - 19 to date, and there has been no evidence the paralysis is linked to the vaccination . The French nonprofit Health Feedback has suggested that the number of facial paralysis cases among the vaccinated “is lower than what would be expected in the general population” and that “incidental illnesses are expected to occur at a certain rate in the general population.” Israel has been hailed for its speedy and efficient mass inoculation program, which has vaccinated a staggering 20 percent of the country’s population since

A person in Israel receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinen for COVID - 19 . Credit: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty. 26 February — A COVID vaccine passes a real-world test with flying colours. The two-shot Pfizer vaccine is highly effective at preventing severe COVID - 19 , according to an analysis of more than one million people in Israel . Ran Balicer at Clalit Health Services in Tel Aviv, Israel , and his colleagues matched 596,618 people vaccinated as part of a nationwide campaign with an unvaccinated ‘twin’ of the same age, sex, ethnicity and neighbourhood of residence.

But mask wearing in public settings remains compulsory as do social distancing and avoiding social gatherings.

Other caveats are that the pass does not go into effect until a week after the second dose is administered and expires within six months, although it can be renewed many times. It's also invalid unless accompanied by proper identification documents, a precaution against it being falsely used or distributed.

Pass not without criticism

About 60% of Israelis were expected to be eligible for the pass, according to Israel Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen to the state's public radio broadcaster Kan prior to the Green Pass' launch.

There are hopes the program will help incentivize those who have put off vaccination, especially as the country saw a decline in vaccination rates last month.

But resuming some semblance of pre-COVID normalcy has raised concerns the initiative will incite discrimination and further the divide between those with vaccine access and those without. Israel has received criticism for sending sparse vaccine shipments to its neighbor Gaza – with a population of about 2 million people – while sending more to distant political allies elsewhere and even in exchange for an Israeli citizen detained in Syria.

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The case fatality rate, or proportion of reported infections that result in a person dying, is 1.1% among Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem compared to 0.7% in Israel, according to recent data from the World Health Organization.

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Our ruling: True

We rate the claim that Israel is implementing an internal COVID-19 vaccine passport TRUE as it is supported by our research. The domestic passport, also known as a "Green Pass," provides individuals who have been fully vaccinated some freedoms from COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Our fact-check sources:

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 1, "COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States"
  • The New York Times, March 1, "Tracking Coronavirus Vaccinations Around the World"
  • Times of Israel, April, 26, 2020, "As it turns 72, Israel's population stands at 9.2 million"
  • Municipality of Tel Aviv, accessed March 1, "Medical Insurance"
  • Israel Ministry of Health, accessed March 1, "What is a Vaccination Certificate?"
  • National Institutes of Health, Jan. 26, "Lasting immunity found after recovery from COVID-19"
  • The Guardian, Feb. 28, "Green pass: how are Covid vaccine passports working for Israel?"
  • Israel Ministry of Health, Jan. 11, "People Vaccinated for Coronavirus"
  • Reuters, Feb. 10, "Israel plans 'Green Pass' to leisure for COVID-immune on Feb 23"
  • The Guardian, Feb. 19, "Covid: vaccinated Israelis to enjoy bars and hotels with 'green pass'"
  • Foreign Policy, Feb. 17, "What if Countries That Excel at Vaccination Still Don't Achieve Herd Immunity?"
  • The Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 26, "Israel's 'green passport' raises concerns about discrimination"
  • NBC News, Feb. 9, "Israel shines as coronavirus success story, while neighbors in Gaza are left without vaccines"
  • The New York Times, Feb. 24, "Israel Secretly Agrees to Fund Vaccines for Syria as Part of Prisoner Swap"
  • The World Health Organization, accessed March 2, "Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the occupied Palestinian territory"

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