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Israel, Bahrain lose immunization status without booster

An Israeli medical service paramedic Magen David Adom administers the third injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on August 24, 2021 in Holon.

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Israel and Bahrain want eligible residents to take their Covid booster shots – and those who don’t risk losing their vaccine status and the privileges that come with it.

In Israel, vaccinated people are given a “green pass” which allows them to enter hotels, restaurants and many other covered places.

People who have recovered from Covid-19 may also be issued a green pass under a different set of guidelines.

Since October 3, Israel has changed the criteria for the green pass and shortened its validity. According to a government opinion, the pass will expire six months after a person receives their second dose.

“Anyone who had a green pass and after the 3/10 does not meet the new criteria will lose the green pass,” a spokesperson for the Israeli Ministry of Health told CNBC.

A third shot will need to be administered before a new green pass can be issued, at least a week after the recall. This pass will also expire six months after the third dose.

It is not clear whether more boosters will be needed in the future to be considered fully vaccinated. The health ministry spokesperson said changes in the viral situation and morbidity levels would determine the “continued validity of the green pass” six months after the third dose.

Protests have erupted in Israel against the new policy, and it is estimated that 2 million people could lose their Green Pass, Associated Press reported.

Distributed over boosters

Bahrain a different criteria for each of the vaccines offered. However, most people 18 years of age and older will be eligible for a booster injection six months after the second dose.

Data from the kingdom revealed that from July 1 to October 1, 52% of those infected had not taken a booster dose. In comparison, 3% of confirmed cases involved people who received a third dose.

“It is therefore clear that the booster injections increase immunity”, according to a government statement.

CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr., Rich Mendez, Natasha Turak, and Robert Towey contributed to this report.

This story has been updated with comments from the Israeli Ministry of Health after the article was first published.


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