“Health officials decided on recalls, not the government”

Health Ministry professionals have decided on the outline of the Green Pass and the need for a booster dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, Public Health Chief Dr Sharon Alroy-Preis said on Wednesday. during a meeting of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

The meeting met to discuss the expiration of green passes for around one million Israelis on Sunday, October 3, when new regulations come into force. According to the plan, anyone who has not been vaccinated with their second or third dose in the past six months will no longer be eligible for the pass. Additionally, people who recovered more than six months ago and did not receive a booster will also not be eligible.

Alroy-Preis stressed that the aim of the Green Pass is not to “force or encourage vaccines”, but to reduce morbidity.

“It was not the government that decided,” she said, “but the epidemiological data. It is not a government decision to decide who is vaccinated and who is not.”

She said a person can choose not to be vaccinated, but if they are in a situation where they could put others at risk, then they should be tested.

Bennett asks health funds to help immunize Arab Israelis. (credit: Avi Ohayon / GPO)

The infection rate is dropping. Health officials have said they hope that with the new Green Pass scheme, morbidity may stabilize or even continue to decline, despite the resumption of schools on Thursday.

Only 2,386 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Simhat Torah, the Health Ministry reported on Wednesday, or 3.42% of those tested. There were 659 serious cases Wednesday morning, he said, including 217 people intubated.

About 40% of the county’s severe cases are from the Arab sector, the data shows.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday called on the four Israeli health funds to step up efforts to vaccinate more Arab citizens of Israel. He also said he was unlikely to roll out any new restrictions beyond the impending Green Pass regulation, even if medical professionals believe they are necessary.

Bennett spoke on Wednesday morning with the heads of health services in Maccabi, Meuhedet, Clalit and Leumit, as well as with the director general of the Ministry of Health, Nachman Ash, the coronavirus commissioner, Professor Salman Zarka and the head of the home front command, the major general. Ori Gordin. He was informed of the situation from their point of view and asked to work to increase the number of people vaccinated each day.

There has been a drop in the number of vaccinations in Israel, possibly due to the feast of Sukkot.

But vaccination is particularly low among the Arab population across the country, which has resulted in increased morbidity among Israeli Arabs. According to a report shared by N12, the rate of positive cases in the Arab population is 2.5 times that of society in general.

As Bennett boarded the plane in New York City to return to Israel, he told reporters that the 40 localities with the highest morbidity rate are in Arab society, and unvaccinated patients make up more than 90% of severe cases in Israeli hospitals.

In total, the Ministry of Health displays around 100 red, 130 oranges and 300 yellow authorities.

An unvaccinated 22-year-old was hooked up to a sixth heart-lung ECMO machine at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on Wednesday, the hospital reported. On Tuesday evening, Ash told N12 that there were 55 people on ECMO.

“Despite the pressure, we will refrain at this stage from imposing restrictions on the entire population,” Bennett said. “Canceling a Shlomo Artzi concert in Rishon Lezion or a wedding in Modi’in will not help the people of Tayibe or Umm al-Fahm.”

The main reason why Arabs do not get vaccinated is because they are afraid of the side effects of vaccines, according to the report.

Bennett had been briefed on the situation in the Arab community prior to his trip to the United States for the United Nations General Assembly, and reportedly formulated a plan, with Arab Community Coronavirus Commissioner Ayman Saif and Minister of Interior Ayelet Shaked, to work with Muslim religious leaders to reach out to these people and get them their first, second or third hit.

The plan included creating vaccine complexes in each Red Arab city (there are around 60) and appointing a state-funded coronavirus commissioner for each of those cities who will help set vaccination targets for they. The commissioner will also work with primary care physicians to encourage them to talk to their patients about the possibility of getting vaccinated.

The coronavirus cabinet is expected to meet on Sunday for the first time in nearly a month. The health ministry is weighing down and calling for restrictions on gatherings to help stop the spread of the virus.

Bennett touted Israel’s efforts against the coronavirus during his speech at the United Nations, although medical professionals said days earlier that the country’s policy had to be changed.

Bennett stressed during his discussion with health fund chiefs that government policy is to keep the country open and the economy as functional as possible, while increasing immunization in all parts of society, mass and the application of the Green Pass plan.

He then reiterated the policy as he boarded the plane: “I respect the experts of the Ministry of Health very much and I cherish their professional work. However, imposing increasingly drastic restrictions on all citizens of the State of Israel is not the policy of the government. “

He said that the meaning of “radical actions” is the immediate loss of thousands of jobs for the citizens of the State of Israel.

Bennett was criticized for comments made during his speech at the UN and during a briefing with Israeli journalists while in New York City, in which he said that “although doctors are an important contribution , they cannot be the ones leading the national initiative. The only person who has a good perspective on all considerations is the national leader of a given country. “

Alroy-Preis responded to Bennett on Wednesday during the Knesset meeting. She said, “We deserve to be supported. We do our job with dedication and we will not undermine our professionalism. ”

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