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These EU/Schengen Countries Have Announced the Shortening of Vaccine Certificates’ Validity So Far

In line with the EU Commission’s recommendation, several EU countries and the Schengen area have announced that they will shorten the validity of vaccination permits, which have been valid for up to 12 months so far.

The committee proposed that all Member States impose a standardized acceptance period of 270 days for certificates of vaccination. However, it is still up to each country to decide on its own rules and requirements regarding the validity of vaccination certificates.

Austria is one of the first countries to reduce the validity of vaccination certificates. More than a month ago, the Austrian authorities announced that since December 6, vaccination certificates proving that the holder has received two doses of the vaccine will only be valid for nine months.

This means that all who have been vaccinated more than nine months ago will be required to receive a booster in order for their entry permit to remain valid.

Similarly, the Czech Republic has also changed its rules regarding the vaccination card. The country’s authorities said that from January 2022, the validity of vaccination certificates will be shortened from 12 to nine months.

The decision to shorten the card’s validity was confirmed by the Czech health minister, who stressed that in order for the pass to be in effect after January, everyone would be required to receive an additional vaccine dose, reports.

However, it should be noted that the requirement to receive a booster dose only applies if the person last received the booster dose more than nine months ago.

Another EU country that has shortened the validity of vaccination cards is the Netherlands. However, unlike other countries, the Dutch authorities said they plan to shorten the certificate’s validity from February 1.

>> The Netherlands shortens the validity of vaccination permits from 1 February

This means that all who took the last vaccine dose more than 270 days ago still had time to receive an extra dose and update their current pass.

Latvia has also set an expiration date for vaccination certificates. The latter’s government announced earlier in January that vaccination cards will remain valid only if the holder receives a booster shot more than nine months after completion of the vaccination.

The same decision on vaccination cards was made by Greece as well. The state will shorten the validity of vaccination certificates for all age groups that have been fully vaccinated so far. It was clarified that those who do not receive a booster dose within a seven-month time period will be considered non-immune and will be subject to limitations.

Just like the other countries mentioned above, the Irish authorities are preparing to introduce new rules on the vaccination card from 1 February. Meanwhile, the state has updated the COVID-19 card to include the booster dose.

Switzerland is the latest country to announce that it will limit the validity of vaccination permits. Like others, Switzerland will follow the commission’s recommendation and will only recognize vaccination cards indicating that the holder has received the last dose of the vaccine within 270 days. The validity of the certificate can be extended by receiving an additional dose of vaccine.

Iceland is also on the list of countries that have announced new rules on vaccination permits. The country’s authorities have revealed that the new traffic rules will come into effect on January 15.

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