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550,000 Dutch Nationals Urge for COVID-19 Certificates to Be Scrapped

More than half a million people in the Netherlands have signed a petition that opened on Friday, essentially asking governments to revoke certification of the vaccine.

The petition was started by the group called Onverdeeld Open, led by Member of Parliament, Mona Keijzer, and claims that the Coronavirus Pass is doing more harm than good, adding that the system has proven ineffective in curbing the spread of the virus, reports.

According to research by Delft University, vaccine certification has a limited effect on curbing infection rates. However, Ernst Kuipers, the Dutch health minister, has claimed that whatever keeps hospitalization rates low is beneficial.

However, such measures will not be positive for travel as at present the Coronavirus Card or the EU COVID-19 digital certificate has been used as a document to facilitate free movement across the 27-nation bloc.

On the other hand, the European Union member states are adopting a diversified approach to the situation of the Corona virus in each of them, with Denmark announcing the abolition of restrictions, thanks to a successful vaccination campaign.

Meanwhile, Austria, which also has one of the highest rates of full vaccinations in the European Union, has introduced the strictest rules across the union – a booster dose requirement, which has been passed as law. Moreover, the state recently announced that those who are not vaccinated for non-essential reasons will be fined starting at a price of 600 euros.

>> UNTWO calls for travel restrictions to be lifted, claiming they have proven ineffective

Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) previously indicated that the traffic ban could be lifted as it does not provide much protection from COVID-19.

“The failure of travel restrictions introduced after the Omicron variant was discovered and reported to limit the international spread of Omicron demonstrates the ineffectiveness of these measures over time. Travel measures (such as concealment, testing, isolation/quarantine, vaccination) should be based on risk assessments and avoid placing the financial burden on international travelers in accordance with Article 40 of the International Health Regulations”, the World Health Organization claimed.

Furthermore, ACI EUROPE and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have called on European governments to cancel all travel rules for those who have been fully vaccinated and who have recovered from COVID-19.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 70.8 percent of Dutch people received the initial course of vaccination, while nearly half (49.5 percent) were vaccinated with a booster dose.

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