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Covid Passports in Israel and Huge Fines in Indonesia, Is the US Next?

•, Mish

Please consider Israel's Speedy Vaccination Campaign.

Israel lifted restrictions on most commerce and public activity, opening malls, markets and museums—and requiring the use of a pass to document vaccination status for some activities.

The opening up and use of what officials are calling green passports, which allow people to enter gyms and hotels and eventually embark on quarantine-free travel, set up a test for one of the most closely watched countries during the pandemic.

Officials are warning those who shun the national vaccination campaign that they will be shut out of everyday activities. "Anyone who does not get vaccinated will be left behind," Israel's health minister Yuli Edelstein said.

As thousands of people rushed to download the "green passport" documents, the website crashed Saturday night.

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The Wall Street Journal reports Declining a Covid-19 Vaccine Risks Penalties in Some Countries

Indonesia levied fines for refusing vaccination of around $356—or more than a month's salary on average, according to the country's per capita gross domestic product.

The European Union and Australian officials have considered travel restrictions for those without vaccination proof. 

Brazil's Supreme Court ruled those who reject a Covid-19 vaccine could be banned from certain public activities and spaces. 

Less than half of South Koreans, or about 46%, are willing to be vaccinated right away, according to a poll by the Korea Society Opinion Institute released on Monday. South Korea has said those who skip will be booted to the back of the line.

The Vatican said it would explore alternative solutions for workers refusing to get Covid-19 vaccines, after getting blowback from a decree earlier this month that suggested employees could lose their jobs if they skipped inoculations.