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Norway Wants to Prolong the Existing Provisions on COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates

The authorities in Norway have proposed extending the current rules applicable to certificates of vaccination against the Corona virus.

According to the announcement by the Department of Health and Welfare Services, a proposal regarding this issue has now been sent for consultation, reports.

“There is nothing in the case of infection today that indicates that we should use the national corona certification. However, we must be prepared for the fact that the infection situation may change, and that it may be necessary to consider infection control measures,” as indicated by the Minister of Health and Care Services , Ingvild Kjerkol, in this regard.

The minister emphasized that for emergency reasons, there is a need to allow the use of such certificates in the future.

“In the European Union, proposals to extend the regulations for Corona certificates are now being considered. She explained that the bill gives us the opportunity to act effectively when needed.”

The Ministry of Health stressed that the last date for submitting the advisory statement is March 4th.

Authorities in Norway have also agreed to introduce new changes to COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

In this regard, the Norwegian government recently announced that the country will accept the EU Commission’s recommendation and shorten the validity of vaccination certificates.

“The government has decided that the national corona certificate should have the same criteria of validity as the EU certificate. Changes to the corona certificate will appear on February 10,” the Ministry of Health and Welfare Services confirmed through a statement.

This decision means that since yesterday, February 10, the authorities in Norway have only recognized vaccination documents showing that the holder had taken the last dose of the vaccine within the last 270 days or nine months.

The Norwegian government has made it clear that people who have been vaccinated with an extra dose of vaccine, known as a booster offer, will get an unlimited period of their vaccination certificates.

The ministry noted that “the EU certificate is valid for 180 days (about six months) in the case of a medical history, 270 days (about nine months) for primary vaccination and unlimited for those who received a booster dose.”

More than 937,300 people have been infected with the coronavirus in Norway since the start of the pandemic. In addition, the virus has killed a total of 1,512 people in the Scandinavian country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The same source shows that 107,762 people have tested positive for the virus in the past seven days, while 46 people have lost their lives.

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