Israel issues health passes for children aged three and over

(Jerusalem) Israel has imposed health passports on children over the age of three as part of new restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the authorities said on Wednesday evening.

Posted on 8/11/2021 4:50 PM

Faced with an increase in contamination in recent weeks related to the spread of the Delta variant, on July 29th, the Hebrew state introduced the health passport called the “green badge”, which allows access to specific locations for those fully vaccinated by COVID-19 or tested negative.

And on Wednesday, the Israeli government extended these measures to children ages 3 to 12.

Israel, trying to avoid a new lockdown, also set up rapid antigens testing stations across the country on Sunday, operated by the Magen David Adom Emergency Service (MDA), and mandated, vaccinated or quarantined returnees from most countries around the world Not.

Screening at these wards costs 52 shekels (approx. 17 euros) and enables you to obtain the 24-hour health pass from the Ministry of Health.

“It will be supported by the state for children aged 3 to 12 from August 18, the day the measure comes into effect,” the prime minister’s office said.

Israel, a country of nine million people, was one of the first to launch a major vaccination campaign in December thanks to an agreement with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The deal gave the Jewish state quick access to millions of paid doses in exchange for biomedical data on the vaccine’s effects.

The campaign made it possible to reduce the number of cases, but in recent weeks contamination has increased again with the spread of the more contagious Delta variant, in unvaccinated adults but also in people who were vaccinated more than six months ago. .

Israel has registered 5,802 new cases in the past 24 hours. The country has recorded a total of 918,237 infections and 6,587 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the latest official report.

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