Numerous unvaccinated Israeli teachers who are now facing a compulsion to get vaccinated due to the Green Pass system, are now planning to sue the government for the mandate. Schools are slated to re-open for the new academic year on September 1 across the country.
According to the new system, school staff can only enter schools if they are vaccinated, recovered, or present a negative coronavirus test from the previous 72 hours. Unvaccinated teachers or school staff who refuse to present a negative coronavirus test will be forced to take unpaid leave, according to the Justice Ministry.
This mandate has hit the wrong chord with teachers who are claiming that this rule shouldn’t just apply to teachers. As reported by YWN, Ran Erez, head of the Teachers Association, said that his association will appeal to the Supreme Court if necessary. “We’ll appeal to the Supreme Court if unvaccinated and untested teachers have to sit at home without being paid,” Erez told Army Radio on Tuesday. “If this applies to the entire public sector — fine. But we won’t cooperate if the Green Pass is implemented for teachers only.”
There are also concerns about a shortage of staff since all unvaccinated teachers will be refrained from coming to work. Kan News reported that the Education Ministry is already working on finding substitute teachers to replace those who aren’t vaccinated.
As it stands, according to official health ministry records, there are about 37,000 Israeli teachers and school staff who haven’t been vaccinated.