19:02 / 21.12.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

EU shortens validity of COVID Certificates

Digital COVID certificate

Digital COVID certificate

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After receiving the green light from the European Council on December 16, the European Commission announced on Tuesday that COVID Certificates would now be valid for a period of 270 days - or nine months - instead of one full year. 

The Commission noted that the uniform acceptance period for vaccination certificates across the EU will also ensure that Member States coordinate travel measures during the ongoing pandemic.

The Commission claims that the validity period was reduced based on available scientific evidence as well as objective criteria.

"This validity period takes into account the guidance of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, according to which booster doses are recommended at the latest six months after the completion of the first vaccination cycle. The Certificate will remain valid for a grace period of an additional three months beyond those six months to ensure that national vaccination campaigns can adjust and citizens will have access to booster doses," the Commission explained.

Data revealed by the Commission shows that to date, 807 million EU Digital COVID Certificates have been issued in the EU, while over 60 countries and territories across five continents have joined the system through which these certificates are checked and verified.

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