The Labor, Welfare and Health Committee, headed by MK Haim Katz, today (Tuesday) approved a government bill that will allow the transfer of information about vaccinators in order to encourage the public to get vaccinated. The committee approved the bill in preparation for the second and third readings, after yesterday it was approved in the first reading in the Knesset plenum by a majority of 21 supporters against six opponents.
However, following a change made by the committee, the Ministry of Health will not pass on the details of the vaccinated in two doses. The committee’s chairman, Haim Katz, referred to the law, saying that “I hope that in the next stage those who have not been vaccinated will be told – ‘Do not come to work.’ If that were the case, we would get out of it and we would not be beautiful. “
Under the arrangement, proposed as a temporary order for three months, the Ministry of Health will be allowed to pass on information about those who have not been vaccinated to local authorities, the Ministry of Education and officials in the Ministry of Welfare who operate treatment institutions. The information will be transmitted in order to enable these bodies to encourage people to be vaccinated, among other things through personal contact, clarification of the reasons for non-vaccination and assistance in making the information and the vaccine itself accessible.
More Anat Maimon, The legal advisor of the committee, explained that the information to be provided will include name, ID number, address and telephone number. For those who received only one vaccine dose and did not arrive on time to receive the second dose, the date of receipt of the first vaccine dose will also be passed. She also clarified that the wording speaks of those who are allowed to be vaccinated, ie only adults, and explained that a person who has been approached for the purpose of encouraging vaccination is given the option to remove himself from the lists and request that they not be contacted again.
MK Karin Elharar Mish Atid, expressed some reservations about the bill: “I am in favor of vaccination and call on everyone to get vaccinated, but the bill leaves a lot of question marks. After all, the transfer of information in itself does not encourage immunization. “To prevent people from working? Will they pass on the information without knowing what they will do with it? Things need to be sharpened.”
Prof. Hagai Levin, Chairman of the Association of Public Health Physicians and who until recently was a political candidate on the TLM list, said that “I am of course in favor of immunization and local authorities have an important role in encouraging immunization at the city level, neighborhood, according to statistics. Medical authorities.If a person does not want to be vaccinated out of medical concerns it should be between him and his doctor, his HMO and I do expect any unvaccinated person to get a phone call from his HMO.But people should not explain why we did not vaccinate a stranger who calls them and asks questions. They will feel that their personal information is exposed and there will be a breach of trust, which is the key to getting people vaccinated. “
The explanatory memorandum to the bill states that the data in the possession of the Ministry of Health show that there are tens of thousands of people, about two percent of the vaccinated, who received the first dose but did not receive the second dose after 25 days, without stating a known reason or making an appointment for the second dose.
According to the ministry, this is a group of people who, in order to get them to receive the second dose of vaccine, must act on a personal basis to understand the reasons for their refusal to receive it and solve problems as many as possible.
The epidemiological significance of vaccination in just one dose is not yet known and there is concern that the lower level of immunity conferred by a single dose may contribute to the production or distribution of new variants of the corona virus.
It is therefore important to vaccinate anyone who can be vaccinated, in order to reach a high level of immunity and minimize the spread of new variants as much as possible. Due to this and due to the certain decrease in the number of vaccinated, it is proposed to provide the Ministry of Health with tools that will help encourage vaccination in a highly targeted and effective manner.
To this end, an arrangement is proposed to be anchored in section 20I of the Public Health Ordinance that will allow the Director General of the Ministry of Health to pass on identifying information and contact information about vaccinators and those who have not yet been vaccinated, or partially vaccinated, to those requesting such information. Education.
These are factors that can help the Ministry of Health encourage people to get vaccinated, for example by contacting an individual to find out the reason for the non-vaccination or by offering nursing services upon arrival at the vaccination site and the like.
It is further proposed to authorize the Director to require from medical institutions and public bodies the identifying information and contact details of persons who have been vaccinated or who are authorized to be vaccinated. This information is needed by the ministry to promote the national vaccination campaign and encourage the public to get vaccinated, for example transparent patients fail to achieve, and to produce vaccinators’ certificates.
The bill proposes provisions on how to transfer the information, access rights to the information, maintaining the confidentiality of the information and deleting the information passed on to the recipients of the information upon completion of the need for it. It is proposed to set the arrangement as a temporary order for three months, a time that will allow the Ministry of Health to examine whether the transfer of information accordingly achieves the desired results in encouraging the public to get vaccinated.
Regarding the transfer of information concerning education staffs who work closely with students, the vast majority of whom will be unvaccinated within the foreseeable future, the bill states that the information will be passed on to the Director General of the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education will be able to use the information it receives, at its request, about the vaccination of staff, in order to act in a targeted manner to encourage the social education of education staff who have not yet been vaccinated or who have not completed receiving the two vaccine doses.
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