Jerusalem (Associated Press)-Tel Aviv makeup artist Artyom Kavnatsky is ready to resume work after being locked down for most of the past year. But when he showed up to take the most recent photo, his boss rejected him. the reason? He has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Kavnatsky said: “He didn’t take me because I didn’t get vaccinated.” “This is discrimination, which is not good.”
Israel’s rapid pace of vaccination has made it one of the few countries that can resume pre-pandemic routines. Bars and businesses, hotels and health clubs in Israel have quickly returned to life, where 80% of the adult population has been fully vaccinated, and the number of new infections and COVID-1
Israel has a glimpse of the possible impact of the high vaccination rate, but it also provides insight into the issues that are coming: workplaces and schools are now struggling to deal with those who refuse to get vaccinated, this is the next phase of the flu pandemic Put public health issues above individual rights again, and may raise new issues of equity. One case has been closed in court, while others are expected to be closed.
The airline is already considering whether it may be necessary to vaccinate the trip or have a recent negative test, The same is true for the European Union. Some officials in the United Kingdom and the United States are exploring whether immunization certificates can help large gatherings return. Although in the United States, such measures still have great resistance, whether they need to return to work or class is a more difficult question. problem.
In many countries, these decisions may bring the prospect of further dividing the population based on wealth and access to vaccines. Although the vast majority of the 100,000 Palestinians who live in the West Bank and have Israeli work permits have been vaccinated, vaccination activities in the West Bank and Gaza are far behind. Vaccinations are rarely (if at all) vaccinated in many parts of the world.
So far, Israel has mainly relied on a series of incentives designed to encourage people to get vaccines. It has established a “green pass” for fully vaccinated people. The holder can attend concerts, dine, go to the gym or travel to popular resorts in Egypt, Cyprus and Greece. Those who do not have a pass are unlucky.
The system works well in the leisure and entertainment fields. But now, it is entering other areas. Health officials recommend banning unvaccinated workers from schools, elderly care facilities and other high-risk workplaces who have not recently tested negative for COVID-19.
Israel’s health care system also requires all employees (including doctors, nurses, administrative staff and support staff) to receive the coronavirus vaccine. If they refuse, they will be transferred to work that does not involve high-risk patients.
Human rights groups have expressed concern that such regulations may harm workers’ incomes.
Similar problems exist in education. Israel’s largest Tel Aviv University has now found an unbalanced balance.
As the university resumed face-to-face classroom teaching, its vice president Eyal Zisser said that only students who have received vaccinations can be on the spot. Those who are not can continue to study remotely.
Zisse said: “In the initial stage, we will bring back some students in accordance with the Green Pass, and make the remaining students available for class.”
Even with Israel’s success, thousands of people have not been vaccinated-some people are opposed to vaccines in general, but many are hesitant to shoot such a rapid vaccine. Health experts from the United Nations, the United States and Europe say that the vaccines authorized by Israel are safe and effective.
Makeup artist Kavnatsky opposed vaccines and modern medicine more broadly, saying that he did not want to “prick any needles in my body.” He is not alone. He is one of more than 15,000 members of the Hebrew anti-vaccine Facebook group, who are critical of what the government considers to be mandatory national immunization.
Rappeh, the party led by the outspoken anti-vaccine advocate Aryeh Avni, won more than 17,000 votes in the parliamentary election held last week. This is not enough to get into parliament, but it illustrates the challenges facing policymakers.
The Israeli Ministry of Health admits its limited powers.
Einav Shimron, deputy director of international relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “We cannot force people to be vaccinated.”
The Israeli Civil Rights Association, a non-governmental organization in charge of labor issues, said that long-term use of green passes would cause potential civil rights issues and called on the government to pass legislation on this matter.
“If there is a policy that violates the right to employment, and violates a person’s right to choose to have his body processed in order to be hired, then it needs to go through a legislative process,” said spokesperson Maya Fried (Maya Fried). “There needs to be an open discussion.”
At the same time, the debate has already taken place in court.
In the first major decision on the subject, the Tel Aviv City Labor Court in March allowed daycare centers to ban teaching assistants who refused to receive vaccinations or receive coronavirus tests. The decision is expected to be appealed.
Dr. Nadav Davidovitch, president of the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians, said that he believes that people are obliged to vaccinate, especially given the evidence that the vaccine not only prevents the worst results of COVID-19, but also reduces the spread of the vaccine. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Israel has a record of 9.3 million people and at least 6,188 deaths.
He said: “We believe that vaccination is a solidarity action, not just a personal choice.”
However, he said he was opposed to forced vaccination or firing people for refusing to refuse. On the contrary, he favored alternative methods from education to persuasion. Those who continue to refuse may be given a different job, work remotely or undergo frequent tests.
Former military epidemiologist Davidovitch (Davidovitch) has experience with this issue. He said that more than 90% of Israeli recruits who did not want to receive vaccination after enlisting in the army finally reached a consensus once they were educated by medical experts.
He said: “I think it’s a bad idea to take forced action quickly.” “Most people are hesitant. They generally don’t oppose vaccination.”