Brussels proposes to limit the validity of vaccination certificates to 9 months

WorldBrussels proposes to limit the validity of vaccination certificates...

  • The proposal seeks to force citizens to receive booster doses to prevent the spread of covid19

  • The European Commission, which hopes to prevent each country from leaving on its own, is proposing the new rules will go into effect on January 10.

“Unvaccinated & rdquo; that Europe is experiencing and the brutal increase in infections that has forced many European countries to order confinement or reimpose new restrictions has led this Thursday The European Commission To update travel rules In an effort to stop the spread of covid19 and force vaccination. To do this, Brussels proposes to limit Vaccination certificate validity Up to 9 months – following the full schedule – to compel European citizens to receive booster injections if they wish to continue to use this pass as a tool to facilitate their movements in the EU.

Objective of the recommendation, which they propose to implement from 10 january, the positions are to be unified, to avoid a lack of coordination in the EU and that the 27 maintain a similar approach at a time when many countries have started limiting the use of certificates, starting last June. was created for a period of 12 months initially, but that Brussels would extend beyond that period to facilitate free movement within the European Union. “Our main objective is to avoid segregated measures in the EU. Agreeing on this proposal will be critical for the coming months and the protection of the safe free movement of citizens,” the Justice Commissioner said, Didier Reynders,

The proposal is based on the recommendation european center for disease control and prevention (ECDC) which recommends that a booster dose be given 6 months after the completion of the vaccination programme. An additional 3 months have been added to this period to allow national authorities to adjust their respective vaccination campaigns and to allow citizens access to booster doses. Although there are still no clinical data on the coverage offered by booster doses, Brussels acknowledges that this period may be longer than the initial full vaccination.

priority, vaccination

The Brussels plan also calls the focus “individual” and prioritize vaccinated people, so that all people with a vaccination certificate are not subject to additional restrictions, such as testing or quarantine, regardless of departure from the member state. do not have a certificate they can continue to travel but a test may be required before or after travel.The recommendation also proposes to limit the list of essential workers, although in the case of transporters, cross-border communities and children Exception will be maintained.

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As Renders explained, children under 6 years old They will not be subject to any travel restrictions. in principle, Children between 6 and 12 years As per the ECDC map, they will also be exempted as long as they do not come from the maximum risk areas. In that case they will have to get a vaccination certificate or test negative. in between, over 12 years old They will be subject to the same rules as for adults.

map of infections

Customizes the offer too color map Which is updated weekly by ECDC. “The map is a tool appreciated by the public and national authorities as it presents a quick picture of the situation in the EU. We have decided to keep it, but given the new circumstances and new data, we will change the criteria used. propose, the Belgian liberal explained.

According to Brussels, from now on the colors on the map – green, orange, red and dark red – should reflect a combination of three elements: the number of new cases (incidence rate), the percentage of vaccinations and the number of tests. In addition to providing information, this tool makes it possible to coordinate measures between areas where the virus is spread very little or very high. As is currently the case, Brussels says there should be no restrictions for those moving between green zones, while additional measures, such as quarantining or testing, should be applied to those who have not been vaccinated or Those who have not cured this disease. come from areas with high cases.

travel from third countries

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The Community Executive has also updated its travel recommendations for people from third countries. According to Brussels, member states should maintain free movement and allow the entry of all people on the WHO emergency list of sera vaccinated or who have recovered from the disease in the last 180 days. Meanwhile, vaccines that have full regulations on the WHO list, but not authorized by the EMA, must submit a PCR test before they can travel to the European Union.

The recommendation also clarifies that minors between the ages of 6 and 17 must submit a PCR test prior to departure if they have not been vaccinated, although Member States may require another test upon arrival or May impose isolation or quarantine measures. The update of the regulation limits the period of acceptance of the vaccination certificate to 9 months after the initial vaccination programme.

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