EU makes booster shots mandatory for test-free travel

EU makes booster shots mandatory for test-free travel
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From 1 February, those who do not have a booster shot will no longer have a valid vaccination certificate to travel within the EU nine months after their second dose, EU leaders decided on Thursday.

People vaccinated with two doses of a coronavirus vaccine (or one, in the case of Johnson & Johnson) will be able to travel without additional tests up to nine months after they received their second dose, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

“We will ensure a common approach on boosters, and the length of validity of the EU Digital Covid Certificate,” she said at a press briefing.

“Boosters are recommended at the latest six months after full vaccination, and the Certificate will remain valid for a grace period of three months beyond this,” von der Leyen added.

After these nine months, someone’s vaccination certificate will no longer be valid if the booster shot is not administered. Those who do not want to get one will soon have to rely on a negative PCR test result of no more than two days old when travelling.

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