Israeli Medical Paramedic Magen David Adom gives his third Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on August 24, 2021 in Holon.
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Israel and Bahrain want eligible residents to get their Covid shots, and those who fail to do so risk losing their full vaccination status and associated privileges.
In Israel, vaccinated people receive the so-called “green pass”, which allows them to enter hotels, restaurants and many other closed establishments.
People who have recovered from Covid-19 can also get a green pass under a different set of rules.
Since October 3, Israel has reduced the validity of the green pass. According to the government opinion, the pass expires six months after the person receives the second dose.
The third shot will need to be given before the new green pass is issued, at least one week after the booster. This pass will also expire six months after the third dose. It is unclear if additional boosters may be required in the future to be considered fully vaccinated.
Protests have erupted in Israel over the new policy, and an estimated 2 million people could lose their Green Pass. Reported by the Associated Press.
Bahrain has different criteria for each of the proposed vaccines. However, most people 18 years of age and older will be eligible for booster vaccinations six months after the second dose.
Data in the kingdom showed that from July 1 to October 1, 52% of those infected did not receive booster vaccinations. In comparison, 3% of confirmed cases were in people who received the third dose.
“So it is clear that booster shots increase immunity,” he said. the government press release says.
– CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr., Rich Mendes, Natasha Turak, and Robert Toey contributed to this report.