On Sunday, Israel rolled out a digital vaccination pass that enables citizens to access gyms, swimming pools and hotels. If you cannot prove that you had the jab, you’re not getting in.
The vaccine pass has been dubbed “The Green Passport.” The vaccinated can download it through an app run by the health ministry, but it can also be printed out on paper.
As the Green Passport was unveiled, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein declared that; “Getting vaccinated is a moral duty. It is part of our mutual responsibility.” He also said that those who refuse the jab will be “left behind.”
The Israeli Police are on the lookout for Green Passport forgeries. Citizens have been told that attempting to gain entry to a venue with a forgery is a criminal offence.
As I mentioned in previous articles, the UK government is determining whether to follow Israel’s lead. Anti-passport protests in Israel have been sporadic. Israeli’s seem resigned to it all. What of the Irish or the British? Will vaccine passports be the final straw, or will there be a collective sigh and a shrug of the shoulders followed by acquiescence? Time will tell.