Israel says relaxation of vaccine mask rules is not intended to comply with CDC

Israel’s current U.S. There are no plans to adopt guidelines that would ease the need to wear masks for people who have been fully vaccinated.

U.S. Department of Disease Control and Prevention Centers released new guidelines Monday that fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distance.

The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can do the same with unvaccinated people who are considered less at risk for serious disease, as in the case of vaccinated grandparents who visit healthy children and grandchildren.

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However, senior Israeli health ministry officials told Kan that Israel would not yet advocate similar measures, saying there was still insufficient information on whether vaccinated people could still be infected.

Kane called the Israeli approach “too strict,” giving clear evidence that the vaccine dramatically reduces infection.

The issue is likely to come to light in a few weeks during the Passover holiday, when families traditionally gather for a large, festive cedar meal. Last year’s holiday was celebrated under Israel’s first – and hardest – coronavirus lockdown, forcing many to celebrate alone.

Channel 12 News, without quoting a source, reported that health ministry officials have begun debating whether it will make it easier for families to reunite.

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein told Channel 12 on Sunday that he hopes to be able to celebrate the passover with families by the end of the month.

“I am very hopeful that we will be able to live with the whole family. I am optimistic, and this is a hope with a good base of support. [by the public], We will be able to avoid further lockdowns. I would really ask everyone to help, “said Edelstein.

Parahiya Shilo Efrat sets up a Passover Cedar Dinner table next to a photo of her children and grandchildren, on April 8, 2020, in the West Bank settlement, the day before Passover’s Jewish holiday. (Gersh on Ellinson / Flash 90)

The CDC issued its guidance because more adults are vaccinated and wonder if it gives them more freedom to visit family members, travel or do other things they did just before the COVID-19 epidemic last year. Did.

CDC Director Dr. “We know people want to be vaccinated so they can do the things they’re enjoying with the people they love,” Rochelle Valensky said in a statement.

The CDC is still recommending that fully vaccinated people continue to wear well-fitting masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when they come out in public. The CDC also advised vaccinated people to be tested if they developed symptoms that could be related to Covid-19.

Officials say the person is given the full vaccine two weeks after receiving the last required dose of the vaccine. According to the CDC, about 30 million Americans – or just nine percent of the U.S. population – have been vaccinated with the combined COVID-19 vaccine.

Christina Kibby (right), a teacher at Granby Kindergarten School, receives the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Madeline Aquilano on March 3, 2021, at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. (AP Photo / Jessica Hill)

In Israel, the percentage is much higher. On Monday, Israel vaccinated its five million citizens against the coronavirus, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted that the entire adult population would be inoculated by the end of April.

Of the five million people who now have five Russian doses, 78,789, 11 also contracted the disease, according to health ministry figures released on Monday. I

Since the coronavirus outbreak early last year, 303,660 people have been diagnosed with the virus, including 37,698 active patients.

Of Israel’s total population of 3.3 million, including children, and about three million who recovered from COVID-19 were not initially eligible for the vaccine. Israel announced last week that it would begin delivering the recovered single.

The prime minister also said on Monday that he was in touch with Pfizer and that the company would soon announce a vaccine that is approved for use on children.

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