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Israel Becomes First Country To Approve Covid Vaccine Passports

Israel Becomes First Country To Approve Covid Vaccine Passports

The passes can be used for gyms, malls, hotels and more

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

Israel has recently announced that they will be bringing in Covid-19 vaccination passes for citizens to prove they've had the jab.

The new measure means people wanting to enter certain places will need to provide evidence that they have been protected against the coronavirus.


This includes places such as hotels, gyms, theatres, shopping malls and as Israel churn through the world's fastest vaccination program people are able to access the green passports of badges through an app.

It's been reported that some places are even using facial recognition technology to confirm the identity of people.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: "We are the first country in the world that is reviving itself thanks to the millions of vaccines we brought in....Vaccinated? Get the Green Pass and get back to life."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

On top of this, the country has also reached agreements with Greece and Cyprus to recognize each other's green badges, and more such tourism-boosting accords are expected.

Commenting on the development, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, told AP that anyone unable to get the vaccination will be 'left behind'.

Speaking at a concert attended by 300 people (who could prove they'd had the jab), Israeli musician Aviv Geffen told the crowd: "A miracle is happening here tonight."

Geffen went on to tell The Associated Press: "It's really the only way forward at the moment. People can't live their lives in the new world without them. We must take the vaccines. We must."


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week he intends to send excess vaccine to some of the country's allies. Israel's attorney general said Thursday night the plan has been frozen while he reviews the legalities.

Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University professor and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law, said: "The core human rights principle is equity and nondiscrimination.

"There's a huge moral crisis in equity globally because in high income countries like Israel or the United States or the EU countries, we're likely to get to herd immunity by the end of this year. But for many low-income countries, most people won't be vaccinated for many years. Do we really want to give priority to people who already have so many privileges?"

Here in the UK, more than 200,000 have signed a petition asking the government not to issue vaccine passports.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, Coronavirus