New normal? ‘Green Pass’ opens music concert for vaccinated Israelis By Reuters

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By Rami Ayyub and Rami Amichay TEL AVIV (Reuters) – It was an event that could set a precedent in a world yearning for a return to normalcy: a music concert attended by dozens of Israelis vaccinated against COVID-19. The open-air concert in Tel Aviv on Wednesday was one of the first in a program to restart cultural events by restricting attendance to people who have been vaccinated or immunized after contracting the disease. Attendees were required to show a “Green Pass,” a government-validated certificate showing that they had received both doses of the vaccine more than a week prior to the event or that they had recovered from COVID-19 and were assumed to be immune. Passes are valid for six months from the time of complete vaccination. “It provides protection, but also a sense of comfort sitting among vaccinated people,” said Doron Zicher, a retired businessman who was preparing to see Israeli singer Nurit Galron perform at sunset in Yarkon Park. “After a year of being home in a kind of secluded environment, it feels great to go out and experience shows and public activities.” Israel launched the pass scheme at the weekend when it reopened its economy. Almost half of Israelis have received the first of the two necessary doses. Gyms, swimming pools, theaters and hotels are open to pass holders only. Once inside, strict limits apply to occupancy and social distancing requirements. These programs are likely to be scrutinized by other countries seeking to reopen their activities while their own populations undergo mass vaccination. Health officials in Israel, which has led the world with its rapid rollout with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, hope the scheme will act as an incentive for vaccine skeptics. Israeli studies have shown that the Pfizer (NYSE 🙂 vaccine reduces transmission of the virus. “If I need to go to a cultural place where they don’t ask for my green passport, I wouldn’t go,” said 66-year-old Michal Porat. “I want to know and be sure that all the people who are close to me are already immune and I am vaccinated, and I would not trust people who are not.”

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