COVID: Israelis to be able to get recovery certificates through serology

Under a new Health Ministry policy, those who undergo an ‘N’ serological test can prove they recovered and receive a green pass with one jab.

 Israel's Green Pass validity was extended until Thursday on Sunday after the Health Ministry 'traffic light' website crashed, October 3, 2021.  (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Israel's Green Pass validity was extended until Thursday on Sunday after the Health Ministry 'traffic light' website crashed, October 3, 2021.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

For the first time, Israelis will be able to obtain a coronavirus recovery certificate from the Health Ministry through a serological test, The Jerusalem Post confirmed on Monday.

Under the new policy, individuals who had the disease but never officially tested positive will be able to prove the presence of antibodies in their blood by undergoing a specific type of serological test known as “N.” This type of test identifies antibodies triggered by the disease as opposed to those elicited by vaccination.

With the results of the serological test, they will be able to receive a Green Pass with only one shot or with the two regular shots given to be considered fully immunized, regardless of how much time has passed since the vaccination.

According to the general rules, those who recovered are eligible for a Green Pass for six months after their recovery date as proven by a PCR test. Once the six months expire, they need one shot. If they caught the COVID-19 virus after they were already vaccinated, they do not need another inoculation.

The combination of recovery and one vaccine is considered to give very strong and durable protection against the virus.

This undated transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus parti (credit: NIAID-RML/FILE PHOTO/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)This undated transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus parti (credit: NIAID-RML/FILE PHOTO/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

According to the new policy, individuals who feel they have recovered from coronavirus and do not want to receive two or three doses of the vaccine will be able to obtain a Green Pass after only one vaccination.

The test can be performed at a laboratory recognized by the Health Ministry. Those who wish to undergo it will need to pay out of their own pockets, and it can cost from NIS 150-NIS 400.

So far, 1.32 million Israelis have recovered from COVID-19, according to the Health Ministry.