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  • Israel has led the world in COVID-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 and 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 to offices or offering protections for the unvaccinated.

  • The 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 ACRI.

  • Question is, how do we reopen the market, the economy, the 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 workaround.

  • The green pass 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 COVID-19.

  • In one of its first applications, only those who carry this pass were allowed to attend a small open air concert in Tel Aviv this week.

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

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