As Europe battles an upsurge in Covid-19 infections, booster injections are expected to become mandatory for anyone traveling to Europe or entering a European country.
The EU on Thursday proposed that anyone wishing to travel unrestricted – without testing or quarantine – should ensure they have a booster vaccine within 9 months of the final dose of their original vaccination, as has been done. reported The Guardian.
This means that the validity of the EU Covid digital certificate (the European laissez-passer which currently allows the free movement of people across borders, on trains and planes and fills auditoriums and cinemas) will cease after 9 months. , unless people get stung again.
Above all, the EU should set this standard for anyone entering Europe outside the bloc from a third country.
France went further on Thursday and announced that its health pass, health pass, would stop working for all adults 7 months after their final dose of the initial vaccination. France had already made it mandatory for those over 65 to have the booster if they want to keep the pass active and today the national website for making doctor’s appointments has been inundated with people trying to make reservations, with long waiting times.
France has one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe (89.6% of the population over 12 has received at least one dose), but it is also experiencing a surge in Covid infection rates -19, with ICU admissions up 35% and deaths up 54%, as reported Local.
Before these announcements, some EU countries had also announced an expiry date for vaccinations. Switzerland said vaccine status will expire after 12 months, Croatia and Austria are currently suspended for 270 days, and Israeli residents must have received the vaccine within the past 6 months to be indoors in public. . Today’s EU decision was an attempt to simplify and unify the rules across the region, but it will not come into effect until all EU states have voted on it.
There are currently large differences between many EU countries in terms of vaccination rates. Compared to France, for example, Bulgaria has vaccinated only 24% of its population.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference (as reported by The telegraph) that the country was moving towards boosters as the standard. Johnson said: “I think the general lesson for anyone who wants to travel, you can see that getting a full booster shot is going to be something that overall will make your life easier in all kinds of ways, including on trips abroad.
Dr Anthony Fauci suggested the same could be true of Americans last week when he said in a pre-recorded interview that “a booster is not a supplement and a booster is part of what the booster should be. original regime. So when we come back to it, we will see that boosters are essential for an optimal vaccination schedule. The CDC has announced that anyone over the age of 18 in the United States is now eligible for a recall.