Austrian authorities have announced that vaccination certificates proving that the holder has taken two doses of the vaccine from the first Monday of next month, December 6, will be valid for only nine months.
Previously, vaccination certificates had a validity of 12 months in Austria. However, in line with new rules that will take effect soon, vaccination passes will only be accepted if they indicate that no more than nine months have passed since the time the second dose of the vaccine was given, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Two-dose vaccinations are only valid for nine months after the second dose on December 6 (previously: 12 months),” Austria’s official travel portal said in a statement.
Austria currently recognizes as valid proof of immunization all vaccine certificates indicating that the holder has completed vaccination with one of the four EMA approved vaccines.
In addition, other vaccines that are part of the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list are also accepted as valid evidence of travel immunity.
The full list of acceptable vaccines in Austria is as follows:
AstraZeneca Moderna Pfizer / BioNTech Johnson & Johnson Covishield Sinovac Sinopharm
Mix-and-match doses of two different EMA-approved vaccines are also accepted, with the exception of Johnson & Johnson.
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Regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Austrian authorities have made an important announcement. They revealed that single-dose vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will not be recognized after January 3, 2022.
The authorities highlighted that “a single vaccination with Johnson & Johnson will not be recognized until January 3, 2022. After that date, a booster dose is required.”
From January 4, people vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson will be required to provide valid evidence that a booster dose has been administered in order to be considered fully immune upon entering Austria.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that Austria had decided to impose additional rules due to increased rates of COVID-19 infection. Austria now has a new “2-G-Rule”, which refers to the requirements for recovery and vaccination.
In line with the “2-G-Rule” that took effect on November 8, all people, including travelers, are now required to provide valid proof of recovery or vaccination to allow access to many areas of the interior of Austria, such as bars, restaurants, museums, etc. .