People hoping to travel European Union Under new proposals from Brussels, they will have to get a booster job next year when their original covid vaccines are more than nine months old.
Thursday, the European Commission A nine-month limit has been proposed for the validity of the vaccine, which will apply within the EU and for travel.
If the plans are approved by EU ministers, from 10 January 2022 non-EU travelers will be required to show proof of EU-approved booster job after their original vaccination status is more than nine months old. Similarly, travelers between member nations will have to meet similar requirements to avoid covid test, quarantine and other restrictions.
The commission hopes to avoid a confusing mix of rules in the 27 member states, as governments seek to tighten restrictions on daily life as coronavirus infections increase.
The plans were unveiled on Thursday when the European Medicines Agency approved the use of the Pfizer-Bioentech vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11, paving the way for governments to expand the vaccination campaign.
EU regulators have recommended two injections in the upper arm at three-week intervals for primary-school children, one-third of the adult dose.
Recent EU proposals give preference to vaccinated people, as Brussels tends to classify passengers according to their personal health and vaccination status rather than the country of their departure.
From 1 March 2022, EU member states will only allow lorry drivers, such as vaccinated, cured or emergency passengers, to enter. The current system, under which countries are added and removed from the safe list, will be removed, a change the authorities provide further certainty.
Recommended to make booster pockets required for non-EU non-essential passengers after nine months is partly scientific advice, partly practical policy. Immunity decreases after six months, but EU officials added three more to allow governments to operate booster-shot programs.
The EU executive wants to allow entry to passengers with non-EU approved vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization, such as China’s Sinoform and SinoVAC. The AstraZeneca vaccine is developed by the Serum Institute of India. The EU has only approved four vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca (produced in Europe), Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) and Moderna.
Most EU member states allow entry only to people with an EU-approved vaccine.
Under the new proposals, travelers to the EU with a WHO-approved vaccine who are not EU-approved will be able to enter the EU, but will have to produce a negative covid-test.
Children under the age of 6 do not need testing and vaccinations, while those between the ages of 6 and 17 need a negative covid test to enter the EU. Within the EU, children under the age of 12 are exempt from travel rules.
Travel within the EU is facilitated by the EU’s Digital Cowid certificate, which enables passengers to verify that they have been fully vaccinated, recently tested negative or have fully recovered from the virus.
The EU “passport” is now linked to the same system in 43 countries, including Switzerland, the UK, Turkey and New Zealand. This means that the CVID certificates of those countries are accepted in the EU and vice versa. At least 20 EU member states use digital certificates to control access to bars, restaurants, cinemas and other locations.
EU officials fear that if member states choose different rules for travel, people will lose faith in the EU digital cove pass. EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Renders said EU residents who own the EU Cowid certificate should not face further restrictions when traveling within the union.
The EU has vaccinated about two-thirds of the population and about three-quarters of adults, not enough to prevent an increase in cases driven by more contagious delta versions and waivers of sanctions.
On Thursday, the outgoing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, “counted every day” to present measures of social distance and warned that her country would face “catastrophic growth” in cases. German territories have offered several measures to prevent the spread of the virus, however Merkel is urging them to move forward.
Earlier this week, the EU’s disease control agency, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, changed its guidelines for recommending booster shots for all adults, giving priority to those over 40.
EU Commissioner for Health, Stella Kiriacides, said: “We have vaccinated more than 65% of the total EU population, but this is not enough. Many people are still not safe. It is necessary. “