The Health Ministry announced on Sunday that from next week recovered COVID-19 patients will be required to get a single coronavirus vaccine shot in order to be eligible to receive a Green Pass.
Under the current Green Pass rules, entry to certain businesses and events is limited to those with proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or a negative test result. The new rule is set to take effect October 3.
Those who have recovered are going to be eligible for the green pass only for the first six months and afterward will need to receive a shot.
The Green Pass will also be granted after the administration of a vaccine dose to patients who have previously undergone a serological test with a positive result.
The new measure will be introduced on the same date that anyone who has not received a booster shot six months after getting a second vaccine dose will have their Green Pass revoked.
Also from October 3, teachers will require a Green Pass to enter school. The date marks the start of the first full week back at school after the Jewish holiday period, which ends next week.
Not being able to work due to not having a Green Pass will be considered an unjustified absence that does not warrant being paid, the Education Ministry said last week. Those teachers will not be permitted to teach remotely, it added.
Additionally, from Monday, people taking practical driving tests will also need a valid Green Pass or a negative coronavirus test.
Also on Sunday, the Health Ministry reported that 2,616 new coronavirus cases had been diagnosed the previous day.
With 66,732 conducted on Saturday, the infection rate stands at 3.96%.
Out of 63,022 active patients, 711 are in serious condition, with 215 connected to ventilators.
The death toll since the start of the pandemic rose to 7,649.
Reprinted with permission from i24NEWS.