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IATA Calls on EU to Refrain From Shortening Vaccination Passports’ Validity

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on passengers to be vigilant regarding a recent European Commission recommendation, which plans to reduce the validity of the EU’s COVID-19 Digital Certificate (EUDCC) to nine months after the second shot of the vaccine has been given, unless a third injection is taken. .

According to IATA’s President for the European Region, Raphael Schwartzman, EUDCC is supporting a fragile recovery in the travel and tourism sector by facilitating travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, TheSchengen.com reports.

“It is critical that any changes made have a common approach that recognizes the impact of divergent policies by individual member states and promotes greater coordination across Europe,” Schwartzman noted.

However, the main issue is the viability of the vaccine and the requirements for third vaccines, as vaccines cannot provide immunization against the virus for much longer.

But, in the case of receiving the booster shot in order to maintain the validity of the immunity certificate, IATA notes that it is necessary for countries to align their approach with the time difference from the date of full vaccination to receiving the third shot.

The nine months proposed by the commission is considered insufficient, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is proposing to postpone this requirement until all governments have provided booster cakes to their citizens, as well as a twelve-month validity to give more time at people’s disposal to reach the third dose, as given Vaccination at a different time across EU member states.

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People who received the vaccine before March, including many health workers, will need to have a booster shot by January 11 or may not be able to travel. Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that priority should be given to booster doses for vulnerable groups who did not receive a first dose, let alone a booster dose, Schwartzman emphasized, also noting that the vaccination launch is still long. Developing countries.

He also noted that vaccination recognition also remains a problem, as travelers from non-EU countries or those who have received a non-EU approved vaccine are often required to submit a negative pre-departure PCR test upon arrival in different regions.

Commenting on the matter, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) President for Europe said governments should prioritize simple and pragmatic policies in a bid to help passengers gain confidence to travel again amid these uncertain times.

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