Matt Hancock discusses possibility of vaccine passports in UK
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Tel Aviv is the best performer so far on vaccine rollout per head of population, followed by the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Bahrain. More than 40 percent of people in Israel have now had Covid jab.
However, demand for an injection among younger people in the country has been disproportionately low.
Israel’s health minister, Yuli Edelstein, is now considering introducing tough new measures to ban those who cannot prove they’ve had a jab from entering restaurants, gyms and shops in a bid to increase uptake.
Last week Mr Edelstein said: “The gyms will reopen soon.
“With one small decision of yours, you can decide if you will join in the festivities or remain behind.
“All you have to do is get vaccinated.
“One small step for you, one big step for the country.”
One Israeli doctor told Sky News: “It is always a challenge to convince a young person who knows that the risk of severe disease is very low to get vaccinated.”
He added: “When people don’t feel the stress or the need they hesitate.”
Early warning signs are also starting to show up in the UK where there has been a lower uptake of the jab in health workers in Britain.
In the UK, over 90 percent of over-70s have taken up the offer to get a coronavirus vaccine.
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However, only 80 percent of NHS stage had been immunised, and according to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock just “around two-thirds” of care staff have taken a jab.
Just as the vaccine was being made available at the start of December last year, a survey of 2,090 UK adults by Savanta ComRes found 32 percent of adults age 18-34 would refuse a vaccine compared to 14 percent of those aged over-55.
The data of a lower update among young people in Israel could be the real-world sign of a larger hesitancy among younger people to get a vaccine against coronavirus.
Approximately 70 percent of the population must be immune to coronavirus if a country is to achieve herd immunity and eradicate the risks of the pandemic.
The latest insight comes after First Secretary of State Dominic Raab said yesterday needing a coronavirus passport in the UK to go to the shops “hasn’t been ruled out” and is “under consideration”.
However, the suggestion has since been dismissed by the Prime Minister.
Speaking this morning Boris Johnson said there were currently no plans to introduce a Covid passport system domestically.
He said: “I think inevitably there will be great interest in ideas like can you show that you had a vaccination against Covid in the way that you sometimes have to show you have had a vaccination against yellow fever or other diseases in order to travel somewhere.
“I think that is going to be very much in the mix down the road, I think that is going to happen.
“What I don’t think we will have in this country is – as it were – vaccination passports to allow you to go to, say, the pub or something like that.”
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