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Netherlands to Require Booster Shots for Travel from February 2022

The Dutch Minister of Health, Hugo de Jong, announced that from February 2022, the country’s authorities will only recognize certificates of COVID-19 vaccination indicating that the bearer has received a booster dose.

Accordingly, this means that the Netherlands will limit the validity of vaccination certificates from 12 to nine months, and all those who do not meet this requirement will be required to follow additional entry rules, reports.

The Dutch authorities’ decision to shorten the validity of vaccination permits, which will officially enter into force on February 1, follows a recommendation by the European Union Commission to create an individual approach and a standard for accepting certificates of vaccination.

The authority suggested that member states not accept vaccination certificates that were not issued within nine months. However, EU member states need to coordinate on this issue and come forward with a joint decision.

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Although there has been no official confirmation by EU authorities yet, Jonge revealed that representatives of member states have agreed that all those wishing to travel to or within the EU should receive a booster dose nine months after their second vaccine. . Potion in order to accept their permit.

It is believed that those who did not receive the booster vaccine will continue to travel within the European Union provided they submit a negative COVID-19 test result.

However, since testing multiple times a week is not convenient, cost-effective and safe, the EU authorities are trying to get as many people as possible to get the full vaccination as well as to receive a booster dose that would further protect them from the virus and its new variant Omicron. .

Similar to the Netherlands, the Czech Republic authorities also announced earlier this week that the validity of COVID-19 vaccination certificates will be reduced to just nine months. Accordingly, from January 2022, only those who have received a booster dose will be considered full vaccinations upon arrival in the Czech Republic.

Unlike these two countries, Austria has already tightened its rules on vaccination certificates. Since December 6, Austria only recognizes vaccination certificates showing that the holder has received the last dose of the vaccine within the past nine months.

The International Air Transport Association has criticized the decision of EU member states to reduce the validity of vaccination certificates. The association has proposed deferring this proposal until all governments are able to provide their citizens with booster doses.

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