Health Ministry Keeps Distance from CDC Easement for Vaccinees

YERUSHALAYIM -
The headquarters for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris, File)

Senior officials in the Israeli Health Ministry have said that the country will not be adopting the new U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines allowing vaccinated people to go without masks or social distancing in the company of other vaccines while indoors, according to the Kan public broadcaster on Tuesday.

The officials said there was not yet enough data on whether those who’ve been vaccinated could still transmit the virus that would justify such an easement of the health rules.

Kan described the Ministry’s position as “very strict,” given the already existing evidence that the vaccines dramatically lower infections.

The CDC is still recommending that fully vaccinated people continue to wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and distance themselves from others when out in public.