Israel should aim to let unvaccinated individuals under the age of 18 into Israel, accompanied by their vaccinated parents, by March 1, Israeli Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov tweeted on Sunday.

“This is done in many countries, and with the reproduction rate [of the COVID-19 virus] falling and with only a few countries in the world having vaccinated children, we must not be left behind,” said Razvozov.

Government decisiveness on this, he said, would “rescue” the Passover tourism season, during which many families are expected to visit the country.

Passover starts at sundown on Friday, April 15.

Last week, the government voted to extend existing travel guidelines through the beginning of March, including allowing only people who meet Israel’s stringent vaccination criteria entry into the country.

Israel’s skies have been closed for the better part of two years since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the country has approved vaccines for all individuals over the age of 5 and is expected to expand vaccination to young children within the next two months—pending approval of the Pfizer shot for children from 6 months to 5 years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—not all countries have approved children’s vaccines.

Moreover, Israel does not recognize non-electronic recovery certificates.

JNS

Support
Jewish News Syndicate


With geographic, political and social divides growing wider, high-quality reporting and informed analysis are more important than ever to keep people connected.

Our ability to cover the most important issues in Israel and throughout the Jewish world—without the standard media bias—depends on the support of committed readers.

If you appreciate the value of our news service and recognize how JNS stands out among the competition, please click on the link and make a one-time or monthly contribution.

We appreciate your support.