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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chairs the weekly Cabinet meeting. Photo: Gil Cohen-Magen/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli officials announced that citizens will be legally required to present vaccination certificates to attend many social events across the country.

Why it matters: Israel has fully vaccinated 58% of its population, but Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the country needs to safeguard public health and maintain the Israeli economy by implementing the vaccination certification.

  • The requirement comes as other nations around the world, including Italy and France, have mandated similar certification processes in which residents and visitors must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

The big picture: Beginning Aug. 8, people will have to show proof of vaccination or provide negative COVID-19 tests to attend events and enter public places such as movie theaters, synagogues, amusement parks, sports games or activities with more than 100 people.

What he's saying: "Those who refuse vaccines hurt us all because if all of us were vaccinated, we would all be able to maintain daily life," Bennett said. "But if 1 million Israelis continue to not get vaccinated, this will oblige the 8 million others to shut themselves in their homes."

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Vice President Kamala Harris received a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, while calling on Americans to get vaccinated to "get through and beyond" the pandemic.

Driving the news: The White House said Harris qualifies for a booster shot due to her job duties that include frequent traveling and interacting with people, AP reports.

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