Commission Notices: Nine months validity of the vaccination certificate

The European Commission has proposed vaccination certificates against Covid-19 be valid for nine months after full vaccination.

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The European digital certificate will be valid for nine months, as announced by the Commission.

In particular, the Commission adopted rules on the digital COVID certificate of the EU, setting a binding 9 months acceptance period (exactly 270 days) vaccination certificates for the purposes of intra-EU travel.

A clear and uniform acceptance period for vaccination certificates will guarantee that travel measures will continue to be coordinatedas requested by the European Council after its last meeting on 16 December 2021. The new rules will ensure that restrictions are based on the best available scientific evidence as well as objective criteria.

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.

The EU digital COVID certificate is an EU success story. The Certificate continues to facilitate the safe movement of citizens throughout the European Union during these times of pandemic. So far, 807 million certificates have been issued in the EU. The EU digital COVID certificate has set a global standard: so far 60 countries and territories on five continents have joined the system.

The new rules for travel within the EU harmonize the different rules between Member States. This period takes into account the guidelines of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, according to which booster doses are recommended no later than six months after the end of the first vaccination cycle. The Certificate will remain in effect for a grace period of an additional three months beyond those six months, to ensure that national vaccination campaigns can be adjusted and citizens will have access to booster doses.

Stella Kyriakidou, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, stated that "a harmonized period of validity for the EU digital COVID certificate is a necessity for safe free movement and coordination at EU level. The strength and success of this invaluable tool for citizens and businesses lies in its consistent use across the EU.

The new rules for the period of acceptance of vaccination certificates apply to the purposes of the trip. When introducing different rules for the use of certificates at national level, Member States are encouraged to bring them into line with these new rules to provide assurance to travelers.

In addition, today the Commission has also adapted the rules for coding vaccination certificates. This is necessary to ensure that vaccination certificates, which indicate the completion of the initial series, can always be distinguished from vaccination certificates issued after a booster dose.

The boosting doses will be recorded as follows:

3/3 for booster dose after an initial 2-dose vaccination series.

2/1 for booster dose after single dose vaccination or a 2 dose vaccine dose given to a person who has recovered.

Ο Didier Render"The EU digital COVID is a success story," said the Commissioner for Justice. We need to keep it that way and adapt to changing conditions and new knowledge. Unilateral measures in the Member States will bring us back to the fragmentation and uncertainty we saw last spring. The nine-month acceptance period for vaccination certificates will give citizens and businesses the confidence they need when planning their trips with confidence. It is now up to the Member States to ensure that the amplifiers move quickly to protect our health and ensure safe travel. "

Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton noted that "the EU digital certification for COVID has become a global standard. "Reflecting the latest scientific knowledge about booster doses, the certificate remains an essential tool in combating the different waves of the pandemic."

Source: RES-EAP