People in Israel and Bahrain Risk Losing Vaccination Status If They Don’t Get Booster Shot

By Katabella Roberts October 14, 2021 Updated: October 14, 2021

Residents of Israel and Bahrain who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots and don’t get them risk losing their vaccination status granting them access to everything from restaurants to shopping malls. Israel was the first country to make a booster shot a requirement for “Green Pass” digital vaccination passports, which allow individuals to enter everything from hotels, cinemas, gyms, and restaurants, to places of worship. Under new guidelines issued on Oct. 3, the validity of the previous Green Pass was shortened, and any pass issued prior to this date was made void. According to a government advisory, the Green Pass will now only be available to people who can prove they have had a booster shot of a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine after their previous two doses expired after six months, or have recovered from the disease. People who have recovered from COVID-19 once or twice and have not been vaccinated are eligible for a pass valid for up to six months from the date of the last certificate of recovery under a different set of guidelines. Those who’ve recovered but have received only one vaccine dose before or after recovery are eligible for a Green Pass valid through the end of March 2022. Those who have received only one dose aren’t eligible for a Green Pass, even if they test positive on a serologic test after vaccination. It hasn’t been confirmed whether further booster shots will be needed in the future for an individual to be considered fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, those who have been vaccinated or who have recovered outside of Israel may or may not be eligible for a Green Pass depending on the number of doses of the vaccine that they have received and on the results of serologic and PCR tests in Israel. People who decide not to get a booster shot are still able to enter venues with a negative PCR or antigenic test taken 24 hours prior, according to a statement by Israel’s Ministry of Health Deputy Director-General Dr. Asher Salmon. Israel’s new system replaces its previous system that required just two shots to become eligible for a Green Pass. “ We believe everyone should be getting a third shot. We are basically telling pe