The Israeli parliament passed a law yesterday allowing the names, addresses and phone numbers of unvaccinated people to be shared with local governments, the leader of the Education Ministry and members of the Welfare Ministry, Agence France-Presse reported.
The measure, which passed with 30 votes for and 13 against, gives local governments, the director general of the education ministry and some in the welfare ministry the right to receive the names, addresses and phone numbers of unvaccinated citizens.
The law is reportedly designed to “encourage” citizens to get vaccinated by giving “trustworthy sources” more power to reach out to them.
The objective of the measure — valid for three months or until the Covid-19 pandemic is declared over — is “to enable these bodies to encourage people to vaccinate by personally addressing them”, a parliament statement said.
According to the NY Daily News, legislators stated the private information gathered from anti-vaxxers would not be widely released or used for anything else.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported the new bill, along with Haim Katz, a member of the Likud Party.
“I’ve been asked what about people’s privacy: Is privacy more important than life itself?” Katz said.
So far, more than 5,000 Israelis have died from COVID-19 and nearly 2,000 people have succumbed to the virus in the West Bank.
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