Similar to other countries, Italy has also opened its borders to travelers from all over the world who hold a green COVID-19 certificate.
Italy currently has its own COVID-19 Green Certificate, which is an extension of the EU’s COVID-19 Digital Certificate. This document is used to establish whether the holder has been fully vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 disease or recently had a negative test result.
The Certificate of Vaccination has proven to be the most common and convenient form as it remains valid for up to one year. However, not all countries recognize the same vaccines as valid evidence of immunity.
According to a press release from the Italian Ministry of Health, it has been announced that the country will accept proof of vaccination only if the vaccination syringe is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), TheSchengen.com reports.
The ministry stated that “the certificate of successful completion of the vaccination course must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency.”
Based on the Ministry’s statement, it means that only the following vaccines listed below are recognized as valid evidence of vaccination in Italy:
Comirnaty Pfizer-BioNTech from BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH Spikevax, formerly Moderna from Moderna Biotech Spain, SL Vaxzvria, formerly AstraZeneca by AstraZeneca Ab Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) by Janssen – Cilag International NV
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In addition, the Italian authorities announced that in order for the certificate of vaccination to be valid, the document must be submitted in Italian, English, French or Spanish.
Regarding the validity of the vaccination certificate, it was also confirmed that the document will be valid until 14 days have passed since the completion of the vaccination process.
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Earlier this month, the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO), Somya Swaminathan, announced that except for the recognition of EMA-approved vaccines, 15 European countries have also decided to recognize the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India as valid proof of immunity.
However, Italy is not part of this group of countries, despite the fact that the Kofishield vaccine was listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization in February.
Earlier, the Italian authorities announced that from August 6, a COVID-19 health card will be mandatory in order to be allowed to access certain services and activities.
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