At present, Israel has no plans to follow the new US guidelines, which ease the requirements for wearing masks for people who are fully vaccinated, Kan public television reported.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines Monday, saying fully vaccinated Americans can reunite with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing.
The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can be treated in the same way as people who are considered to be at low risk of serious illness, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren.
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However, senior Israeli health ministry officials told Cannes that Israel would not yet advocate for such steps, saying there was still not enough information on whether vaccinated people could still transmit the virus.
Kahn called the Israeli approach “very strict,”
The issue is likely to come to the fore in a few weeks during Easter, when families traditionally gather for big holiday meals from Seder. Last year’s holiday was celebrated under the first and narrowest blockade of the coronavirus in Israel, with many elderly people forced to celebrate alone.
News from Channel 12 reported, without quoting a source, that health ministry officials have begun discussions on whether to facilitate family reunification.
Health Minister Juli Edelstein told Channel 12 on Sunday that he hoped the families could celebrate Easter together at the end of the month.
“I really hope we can be with the whole family … I hope this is a hope with a pretty good foundation … that with the right behavior [by the public], we will be able to avoid more locks. I really ask everyone to help us with this, “Edelstein said.
The CDC has issued its guidelines for tackling growing demand as more adults get vaccinated and wonder if it gives them more freedom to visit family members, travel or do other things they did before the COVID-19 pandemic. covered the world last year.
“We know that people want to be vaccinated so that they can return to the things they like with the people they love,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky said in a statement.
The CDC continues to recommend that fully vaccinated people continue to wear tight-fitting masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when in public. The CDC also advises vaccinated people to be tested if they develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.
Officials say the man is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. So far, about 30 million Americans – or only about nine percent of the U.S. population – have been fully vaccinated with the federally approved COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC.
In Israel, the percentage is much higher. On Monday, Israel vaccinated its five millionth citizen against the coronavirus, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted that the entire adult population would be vaccinated by the end of April.
Of the five million who have now received the first dose of the vaccine, 3,789,118 had the second, according to the health ministry, released on Monday. I
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus at the beginning of last year, 803,260 people have been diagnosed with the virus and there are 37,698 active patients.
Of Israel’s total population of 9.3 million, about three million, including children and rehabilitated, were not initially eligible for vaccination. Last week, Israel announced it would launch a shot at the recovered.
The prime minister also said on Monday that he had been in contact with Pfizer and that the company would soon announce a vaccine that was approved for use in children.