The COVID-19 treatment committee in Israel concluded, that natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2 isn’t good enough in order to obtain a “Green Passport.” As of now, all recovered individuals will be required to have one vaccine injection three months after their recovery in order to obtain their “freedom of movement” document.
In the same ruling, the committee concluded, that individuals who received their vaccination shots outside the country will need to present a positive serology test in order to obtain an Israeli “Green Passport”.
It is unclear which data led the committee to the conclusion that naturally obtained immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not as effective as very variant-specific vaccines currently available.
It is a well-documented fact, that naturally obtained immunity to the virus is very effective in recognizing and neutralizing so-called “varients”, mutations of the virus that are likely to “escape” vaccine protection, as we can see with the emergence of the “Delta” variant.
Unfortunately, the further we advance into the pandemic, it is getting more apparent that science plays a secondary role in determining the best course of action in defeating this crisis.