The European Comission has proposed this Thursday that the EU covid certificate that allows Europeans to travel without restrictions when they are fully vaccinated expire nine months after receiving the full schedule if it does not include the booster dose, which would extend its validity indefinitely.
Even receiving the approval of the Twenty-seven, these changes would not affect the Christmas period because community experts request their application from January 10 to “allow sufficient time for coordination.”
Brussels urges member states to agree to coordinate to avoid again chaos in the management of the pandemic and to be able to adapt the existing control instruments to the “volatile situation” the advance of the coronavirus in the EU and the differences in vaccination rates between member states.
The Community Executive has taken into account the report released on Wednesday by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) which estimates the maximum protection period of the vaccine at six months.
To this period, the Commission asks to add three more months so that the Member States have enough time to organize the campaigns in which to administer the booster doses to the population, as reported at a press conference in Brussels by the Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders.
For the moment, the certificate with booster doses will see its validity extended indefinitely because the Community Executive waits for more scientific information on its protection, but does not rule out proposing a different calendar later.
As far as minors are concerned, the proposal also revises the recommendations so that only those under six years of age are free from any requirement if their parents have a European covid certificate.
Thus, between the ages of six and twelve, the minor may travel without restrictions only if he presents his own negative test or certifies that he has overcome the disease in the previous six months, while those over twelve must follow the same rules as the population. adult.
The bloc set itself a target for last summer to vaccinate at least 70% of its adult population but there are still a dozen partners who have not reached that goal, with Bulgaria (29%), Romania (43%) and Slovakia (54%) with the worst figures.
With this in mind, the Commission also proposes to review the methodology of the color map with which the risk of coronavirus is measured throughout the European Union so that three criteria are combined and the vaccination rate gains weight. Thus, the color scale will depend not only on the incidence, but also the percentage of vaccination in each area and the rate of tests performed.
Thus, it poses additional restrictions for European travelers from very high-risk areas (dark red) if they are not vaccinated or have recently overcome the disease, so that they have to present a negative test before traveling and serve a quarantine when arriving at destiny.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.