Hungary is the latest country to announce shortening the validity of its COVID-19 vaccination certificates, a decision that takes effect a month from now, on February 15, 2022.
The decision was made after the EU Commission moved on December 21, 2021, when the same changes were adopted to the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate, shortening the validity of vaccination certificates to 270 days (nine months).
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According to a press release issued by the Cabinet Office’s Office of International Communications and the Prime Minister’s website on Hungary, the Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Golias, confirmed that a booster injection is needed for the vaccination certificate to be valid from mid-point. -February.
The official said the certification would also be valid if a second dose had been administered within the previous six months. For those under the age of 18, two doses are enough for certification,” the press release states, adding that a new variant of the virus now called Omicron has changed the rules of the game in terms of how vaccines work.
The official pointed out that “the vaccine is the one that guarantees protection, not recovery from the disease.”
He also indicated that adults in the country will be eligible to take the booster vaccine four months after their second dose.
Hungary is not the only country that has shortened the validity of vaccination certificates more than recommended by the European Union Commission. Among other things, Latvia has set the maximum validity of vaccine certificates at five months for monovaccines such as Moderna. However, for two-dose vaccines such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the validity of COVID-19 vaccination certificates in this country would be nine months.
On the other hand, Greece will recognize vaccine certificates as valid for only seven months after completion of vaccination regardless of the type of vaccine. The decision is set to go into effect on February 1.
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When announcing the decision on the validity of vaccine certificates, the Hungarian authorities also indicated that the obligation to self-isolate has been reduced to five days for those without symptoms who tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of their isolation. Previously, the quarantine period was a seven-day requirement.
Just today, TheSchengen.com reported that Lithuania has reduced the quarantine obligation from ten to seven days. Other countries such as Switzerland, Iceland and Slovakia have taken similar measures.