Teachers who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 will be barred from entering schools unless they have a negative SARS-CoV-2 test, the Israeli Ministry of Education decided on Thursday.
The circular stipulates that those who are not equipped with the so-called Green Pass - in other words either with a certificate of complete vaccination, or with a certificate of illness and recovery - will be required to present a certificate of rapid antigen test that should have been performed up to 84 hours earlier.
The measure is part of the authorities' effort to reduce the high mortality rate of COVID-19, as the virus continues to spread in Israel while schools are operating normally.
According to the circular of the Ministry of Education, members of the teaching staff of schools and kindergartens who do not meet these conditions will not be paid for the days they will be absent from their positions, while they will not be allowed to deliver distance learning through the Zoom platform .
The Ministry of Health also announced yesterday that in the previous 24 hours 5.921 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were diagnosed and 3 deaths of patients with COVID-19 were found. The new coronavirus pandemic has reached this stage with 7.592 deaths out of a total of 1.250.200 infections with the virus.
However, the so-called active cases decreased by 5.822 to 69.076. This is the first time since August 24 that they have fallen below the 70.000 mark.
The number of patients admitted to hospitals in serious to critical condition remained unchanged at 723.
The number of people who have received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine in Israel has reached almost 6,08 million - 64,7% of the total population - while 5,6 million have received a second dose and more than 3,1 million third, commemorative, according to data from the Ministry of Health.