Israel withdraws bracelet project for vaccinated people from stores

A distinction aimed at unvaccinated people? A message, relayed thousands of times on Twitter by French-speaking Internet users, indicates that in Israel, “the government decides to mark the unvaccinated with a bracelet”.

This message was relayed by several accounts on Twitter.
This message was relayed by several accounts on Twitter. – Twitter screenshot

This alert was published Monday while in France, the government has just announced its intention to transform the health pass into a vaccination pass. The executive would also consider extending the health pass to all companies.

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On December 14, Naftali Bennet, the Israeli Prime Minister, announced that a “green pass” would have to be shown to enter shopping malls in the country. This “green pass”, close to the health pass, is obtained after receiving two or three doses of a vaccine against Covid-19, according to the Israeli Ministry of Health. It can also be obtained without vaccination, either by showing a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 or a positive serological test, or by presenting the result of a rapid test or PCR test. All Israelis over 3 years old must present this document to enter certain locations, except children under 12 and 3 months old with a disability.

Also according to the plan announced by the Prime Minister, people whose passes are valid should then receive a bracelet, specifies the Jerusalem Post. It was the security guards who were to be responsible for checking the documents of customers at the entrance and giving a bracelet to people with a valid pass, so that they “move freely” in the shopping center, according to the Ministry of Health. , cited by the Globes.

Unvaccinated people wishing to access certain services within the centers could still do so, adds the economic daily. These unspecified services would probably be pharmacies and food stores.

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Shopping centers opposed to any control

This announcement made the representatives of shopping centers jump, and faced with an outcry, the head of government withdrew his bracelet project the next day. However, shopping malls should always ensure that people without a valid pass cannot access so-called “non-essential” stores, according to the report.Jerusalem Post. Details have not yet been announced, and no longer can be found on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Currently in Israel, the “green pass” must be presented to access cinemas, nightclubs, sports halls, universities or even inside restaurants.

On December 15, Israel placed seven new countries, including France, on the red list due to the Omicron variant. This decision bans travel to these countries and places travelers from there under a strict fortnight.

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