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Health Ministry chief: We’ll soon assess if more COVID restrictions needed

Israelis present their COVID-19 vaccination certificates at the entrance to a concert venue n Tel Aviv on August 7, 2021 in Tel Aviv. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90)
Israelis present their COVID-19 vaccination certificates at the entrance to a concert venue n Tel Aviv on August 7, 2021 in Tel Aviv. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90)

Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash says he doesn’t back penalizing those who don’t get vaccinated, as the government seeks to boost immunization rates to help beat back a COVID-19 surge.

“We’re against direct sanctions against those who don’t get vaccinated,” he says during a press briefing.

He adds that health officials will assess in the coming days whether to recommend further restrictions on gatherings and businesses.

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