The EU is planning a 9-month expiration date on its Covid vaccine passports
- It is evident that the pandemic is not yet over, European Commissioner Didier Reynders said Thursday.
- Various European nations are facing a higher number of Covid-19 infections, notably in the countries where the vaccination rate remains low.
QR code with EU COVID digital certificate displayed on a mobile phone.
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The European Union is considering a nine-month expiration date on its Covid-19 vaccine certificates, which allow tourists certain freedoms to travel while the coronavirus pandemic still rages.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, proposed Thursday that the EU Digital Covid Certificate should be updated. This document has allowed people to travel more easily amid the pandemic by outlining their vaccination status, whether they have recently recovered from the virus, or whether they have recently tested negative.
The idea now is that the document has a life span of nine months after the first set of vaccines are administered so after the second dose for Pfizer-BioNTech shot, for example, or after one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The idea is that as immunity wanes, then a vaccine passport will expire.
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