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Israel’s Health Ministry announced Sunday that all fully vaccinated Israelis – ages 12 and up – will now be eligible to receive a booster shot, five months or longer after having received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Health Minister Director-General Nachman Ash told reporters the expanded eligibility is effective immediately. Last week the ministry had expanded booster eligibility to Israelis ages 30 and up.

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In addition, quarantine for travelers returning from abroad will be reduced from seven days to just 24 hours, if the traveler has received all three doses of the vaccine.

On the downside, Green Pass documents will also be valid only for six months after one receives the second dose of vaccine, effective immediately.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked said in an interview Saturday night on Israel’s Channel 13 News that she believes “The moment the third dose is available to everyone, the Green Pass should not be given to anyone who has only received two of the three shots.

No Lockdown for Rosh Hashana, Shaked Says

Shaked told viewers that Israelis will not have to contend with a coronavirus lockdown this year on Rosh Hashana – but she was unwilling to commit herself to anything after the start of the Jewish New Year.

Rosh Hashana begins next Monday evening, September 6.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.