Israel Extends COVID Vaccine Pass' Validity Until End of 2021

Decision comes with easing of many COVID-19 restrictions in Israel including limits on public gatherings

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A beach in Tel Aviv in April.
A beach in Tel Aviv in April.Credit: Amir Cohen / Reuters

The Israeli Health Ministry announced Wednesday that the validity of the Green Pass, a certificate granted upon full vaccination, will be extended until the end of 2021.

The validity of the passes was initially for six months from the second vaccination dose, or until the end of June for recovering patients.

The announcement means that all who have been fully vaccinated in Israel will not have to receive a third dose until at least the end of 2021.

On Tuesday the coronavirus cabinet approved a series of further easing of restrictions, including raising the number of people in an enclosed space to 50 people and to 500 in an open space. 

It will also not be required to present a Green Pass to sit at outdoor events. 

Gym, sports facilities, swimming pools and other recreational facilities will operate under "purple badge" rules. The public will no longer need to present a vaccinaton certificate upon entry and children will be permitted to access them.

All facilities operating under the purple badge rules will open according to a one-person ratio per seven meters.

Finally, beginning on Thursday at 7:00 A.M., occupancy limits in taxis and other forms of transportation will be rescinded, and it will no longer be required to present vouchers to take the train.

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