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Belgian Gov’t Warns Its Citizens to Re-Download Their COVID Certificates After Receiving Booster Shots

Citizens and permanent residents of Belgium who have received booster footage are advised to re-download the digital application – the CovidSafeBE app, after they have been vaccinated, as it does not update automatically.

According to Digital Flanders, to download a booster snapshot certificate, users must click the “Check for new certificates” option at the bottom of the app, sign up via Itsme or eHealth, and the document will be available in the app within two to seven days after registration, TheSchengen.com reports .

In addition, certificates are also downloaded from the websites Mijn Burgerprofiel (only in Flanders), My Health, MyHealthViewer or Helena.

The European Union has created the EUDCC to facilitate travel amid the pandemic by showing that a carrier has been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative for COVID-19 in the last 72 hours. In addition to facilitating travel, the document opened the door for people to return to their places of work, enter bars and other facilities, attend their classes and other common public places.

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However, some European countries, such as Austria, have imposed stricter requirements regarding vaccinations, as all travelers entering the country must present the certificate proving that the holder has received the booster vaccine.

Recently, Irish authorities warned their EUDCC holders not to apply for an update of their certificates after receiving a booster vaccination.

“Following the introduction of the EU digital COVID certificate in Ireland, and the successful COVID booster vaccination programme, updated digital COVID certificates will now be issued to those who have received an additional dose of vaccine,” a government statement read.

Last week, more than a million vaccination invitations for a booster dose were sent, while the CovidSafeBE app has more than 7.3 million users.

Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that as of January 17, 77.7 percent of the total adult population in Belgium had received at least one dose of the vaccine, 76.5 percent had been fully vaccinated, and 47.9 percent had I received an extra dose.

In addition, according to the data of the World Health Organization (WHO), 135,700 positive cases of COVID-19 virus were recorded in the country in the past seven days, in addition to 28,589 cases. Furthermore, the total vaccine doses administered per 100 residents is 195.3, 4.1 more than the global average. Moreover, there are 76.48 people fully vaccinated for every 100 people in the country, compared to the global average of 50.03.

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