Friday, September 30

The EU puts 9 months of expiration on the COVID passport to encourage booster doses

Incentives for vaccination in full wave of omicron. The European Commission, after the EU leaders gave their approval last week, has approved this Tuesday an expiration of 9 months for the COVID passport since the last puncture of the complete guideline – which can be only one in case of people recovered from the disease or those who were vaccinated with the Janssen single dose.

The period of validity of nine months, explains the European Commission, “takes into account the guidelines of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), according to which booster doses are recommended no later than six months after completion of the first vaccination cycle. The certificate will remain valid for a grace period of three additional months beyond those six months to ensure that national vaccination campaigns can be adjusted and citizens have access to booster doses. ”

This means that the only tool to travel through the EU without restrictions, even if it is hampered by the requirement of negative PCR in Italy and Portugal, the safe conduct for bars, restaurants and shops in half of Europe, will stop serving 9 months after the end of the vaccination of each. What does that mean? Whoever wants the COVID certificate to keep getting rid of CRP in their day-to-day life has to get the booster dose.

“Ongoing coordination is essential for the functioning of the single market and will provide clarity to EU citizens in exercising their right to free movement”, states the European Commission: “The EU digital COVID certificate continues to facilitate safe travel for citizens in these times of pandemic. ”

According to Brussels, 807 million certificates have been issued: “The EU digital COVID certificate has set a global standard, 60 countries and territories on five continents have already joined the system.”

In addition, the European Commission has also adapted the standards for the coding of vaccination certificates, “necessary to guarantee that vaccination certificates that demonstrate the completion of the primary series, of the initial regimen, can always be distinguished from the vaccination certificates issued. after a booster dose. Boosters will be recorded as follows: 3/3 for a booster dose after a 2-dose primary vaccination series; 2/1 for a booster dose after a single dose vaccine or one dose of a 2-dose vaccine given to a recovered person. ”

In this context, the EU faces the difficulty of guaranteeing one of its fundamental freedoms: the movement of people within its confines, while the 27 begin to take uncoordinated measures on the reinforcement doses, the validity period of vaccination guidelines and measures to respond to the coronavirus rebound: Germany is considering mandatory vaccination for some vulnerable groups, Italy has imposed limits for unvaccinated people; Denmark is considering making it mandatory to wear face masks on public transport; and Austria has restricted non-essential travel as part of the three-week lockdown.