The European Commission on Thursday recommended the 27 EU countries to add a new dose of coronavirus vaccine to all people whose last vaccination date was more than 9 months ago.
All people inside the European area should be vaccinated for a new dose after 9 months of their last injection, recommends the Commission, which indicates that if necessary, the validity of the vaccination pass would be null.
This new dose should be done after a traditional vaccination route, namely in two doses, and this time concern a third or even a fourth booster dose. The Commission proposal also has a date, if accepted it is expected to enter into force from January 2022.
“We are proposing a nine-month validity for the European anti-Covid certificate and beyond this period, its validity would no longer be recognized in the absence of a booster dose”, declared Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, responsible for presenting these recommendations after their adoption by the college chaired by the German Ursula von der Leyen.
With this recommendation, Brussels wants even all the countries of the European Union to require a new dose within six months of the last vaccination since the effects of the vaccine against covid-19 seem to wane after this period.
As for the three months added to the initial six, the European Commissioner explained that this period should allow Member States to better organize themselves to pass this new dose to their residents, but that in the end, a new dose should be required all every six months.
“The Commission will propose in due course the extension of the regulation on the European Covid certificate beyond next summer”, explained the European official, judging that the objective would be to “facilitate free movement in complete safety within the EU ”.
Non-EU residents will also be subject to the same measures for their non-essential travel. Only people who have received doses of vaccines recognized by the European Union or approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be able to enter European territory, announced Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.
And for people who have not been vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by the European Union, they will have to present a negative PCR test.