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  • Israel has led the world in covert 19 vaccination, with Health Ministry figures on Friday showing 50% of the population has received at least one shot.

  • But now the country is facing another challenge that other countries will have to grapple with.

  • How to balance public health on the rights of the unvaccinated.

  • Despite the strong government numbers, some officials privately estimate that 10% of Israelis over 16 that's around 650,000 people do not intend to get vaccinated.

  • Some employers already planned to band unvaccinated workers from the office, which right groups fear could cost them their jobs, especially for those where remote working is not possible, and asking employees to share the vaccine status could violate medical privacy rights.

  • Some employers and advocates are concerned Parliament hasn't passed any laws on returning toe offices or offering protections for the unvaccinated.

  • Health Ministry did not comment when asked if legislation was being drawn up.

  • Early discussions on guidelines and legislation point to employers authorities in courts putting public health concerns before individuals demand.

  • This is Sharon Abraham Wise, executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, or a CRE question is how do we reopen the market economy to life without harming people that cannot or wouldn't get vaccinated?

  • Israel's largest labor union suggested that unvaccinated workers who can't work at home show negative test to their employers every 72 hours.

  • As a potential work around the green past system was launched in the country last Sunday, a government validated certificate is granted for those who have had both doses of the vaccine or have recovered from covert 19 in one of its first applications.

  • Only those who carry this past were allowed to attend a small open air concert in Tel Aviv this week.

Israel has led the world in covert 19 vaccination, with Health Ministry figures on Friday showing 50% of the population has received at least one shot.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/26
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