The Czech Republic will reduce the validity of its COVID-19 vaccination certificates to just nine months, starting in January 2022.
This decision was confirmed by the Czech Health Minister, Adam Wojciech, while stressing that in order to obtain a valid certificate, people will be required to receive a booster dose, TheSchengen.com reports.
Czech’s latest announcement follows the European Commission’s recommendation to shorten the limit on acceptance of vaccination documents, based on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) directives.
Recently, the European Commission suggested that the EU’s digital COVID certificate should be updated, which allows vaccinated people to travel within EU countries more freely amid the current pandemic situation.
However, the proposal does not include booster shots, although the committee stressed that “it can be expected that protection from the booster vaccinations may last longer than that from the initial series of vaccinations,” CNBC reported.
Along with other European countries such as Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia and Poland, the Czech Republic was among the first countries to become part of the EUDCC scheme, issuing such a certificate to its citizens on June 1, a month before the EU deadline.
The EU COVID vaccination digital passport can be obtained for all people who have completed immunization with both shots of one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency, such as Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Janssen.
Authorities in European Union countries have launched the EU’s digital COVID certificate in order to help citizens amid the ongoing outbreak. However, some European countries earlier imposed vaccine expiration dates on these certificates, causing confusion for passengers.
Earlier, the authorities in Croatia announced that they had set a maximum validity period for Corona virus documents, becoming the first European country to impose such a rule.
At the time, authorities in Croatia made it clear that all travelers would be denied entry to Croatia without submitting a negative PCR or antigen test result; If more than 210 days have passed since passengers took the second dose of any valid COVID-19 vaccine.
Austria followed suit, becoming the second country to set an expiration date for these documents.
Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that a total of 2,211,972 people have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic, while 33,450 people have died during the same period.
WHO figures show that in the past seven days, a total of 121,494 people tested positive for the virus, while 723 people died during the same period.
Because of these numbers and the spread of the COVID-19 variant Omicron, the government of the Czech Republic has begun to tighten entry rules in order to protect citizens from the virus and its new strains.
Recently, authorities in the Czech Republic announced that they have imposed testing requirements for those coming from Cyprus, Norway, Switzerland and Monaco.