Government said seeking to sanction businesses that accept unvaccinated customers

The Health Ministry is planning to clamp down on Israelis who refuse to vaccinate against the coronavirus and impose severe sanctions on businesses that accept unvaccinated customers and on individuals who forge a document that says they have been vaccinated, Channel 12 news reports.

The network says Health Minister Yuli Edelstein wants to encourage widespread vaccination by offering advantages to those who take the shot, but also by limiting the options of those who don’t.

“Whoever doesn’t vaccinate will only go out to supermarkets or pharmacies, while the vaccinated will go to stadiums and gyms,” Edelstein is quoted as saying.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is quoted as saying during a cabinet meeting: “Whoever doesn’t vaccinate endangers us all, because they can cause the health system to collapse.”

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