Anyone who does not have a booster shot will have a valid corona certificate to travel around the European Union up to nine months after their second shot. After that period, a third dose of the vaccine will be required. That is definitely at a European summit.
The spread of the omikron variant of the coronavirus was the main topic of discussion at the European summit. The leaders of the European Union’s member states discussed, among other things, the rules for free travel. Because is being vaccinated with two doses of a corona vaccine still enough to cross the border to another country?
Yes, it was decided. And that is still nine months after administering the second vaccine (or the first in the case of Johnson & Johnson), said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The Commission recommends booster shots at the latest six months after full vaccination, followed by a ‘grace period’ of three months. After those nine months, the person’s corona certificate will no longer be valid if the booster shot has not been taken.
Furthermore, at the European summit, it was decided that the European Union’s member states would order the first tranche of more than 180 million doses of modified vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech. “Our contracts provide that the companies will develop modified vaccines upon request within 100 days,” explained European Commission President von der Leyen. “In this context, I am pleased to announce that the Member States have agreed to activate the first tranche of more than 180 million additional doses of modified vaccines in the third contract with Pfizer-BioNTech.”
In May, the Commission signed a third contract with Pfizer-BioNTech to purchase up to 1.8 billion vaccines. This will allow the Member States to purchase up to 900 million doses of the first vaccine and of vaccines adapted to variants, with an option for an additional 900 million doses.
According to von der Leyen, the highly contagious omikron variant is spreading “with relentless speed”. She added that the variant also has the potential to at least partially escape current vaccines. Yet, according to von der Leyen, Europe is better armed these days than a year ago, when the delta variant started to advance. At that time, the vaccination campaigns had yet to get off the ground. Now up to 300 million doses per month can be produced in the EU.