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Estonia Extends Validity of Vaccination Certificates for Minors

While the member states of the European Union announce the reduction of the validity of vaccination certificates, starting from February 1, the Estonian authorities revealed the extension of the document’s validity to all minors.

According to a press release from the Estonian government, the validity of vaccination certificates will be extended from nine months to 15 for minors aged 12-18, reports.

“As the COVID-19 booster dose has not yet been set for minors, the validity of the vaccination certificate for minors who have completed the initial course of vaccination in Estonia will be extended to 15 months. The press release explains by noting that the decision applies only to minors in Estonia.

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The authorities also confirm that the certificate is valid for nine months when travelling, and further verification of the destination country’s post-border rules should be done. In addition, the COVID vaccination certificate will be updated soon to include the age of its holder, which means that the application will automatically show whether the certificate is valid or not.

According to a recent recommendation by the European Commission, the validity of vaccination certificates should be limited to 270 days. In addition, many EU member states have followed suit and adopted this recommendation which states that people should be able to travel to the EU freely if they are vaccinated 14 to 270 days before travel.

The validity of the refund certificate extends to 180 days after the issuance of the first positive test result, while the validity of the test results depends on the type of test; The result of the PCR test is valid for 72 hours, while the rapid antigen test is valid for 24 hours.

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However, infection rates in the country are on the rise as World Health Organization data shows that 32,793 positive cases of COVID-19 and 28 deaths have been reported in Estonia over the past seven days. Moreover, since the epidemic began, 307,451 positive cases and 2018 deaths have been recorded in the Baltic state.

These infection rates could be related to vaccination risks, as the Estonian population is among the least vaccinated in the European Union. The country’s full vaccination rates are 10 percent lower than the average for all EU/EEA countries (60.9 percent), which accounts for 81,000 inhabitants. Moreover, about 28 percent of the population in Estonia received a booster dose, data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals.

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