The European Commission is planning to make the COVID-19 jab passports valid for a period of only 12 months after the final dose, a source within the block has told EURACTIV explaining that the Commission is also working on “either a recommendation or a delegated act to extend the use of COVID certificates to travel in the EU.”
According to the medium, the proposal will be presented before the Council on Friday.
If the source’s claims are correct, fully vaccinated travellers will have to take a refreshing COVID-19 jab 12 months after they received the second dose of a COVID-19 jabs, or 12 months after the vaccine, if it was a single-jab, like Moderna.
Those who do not take the booster shot will have to test in order to be able to travel with an EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.
The source also said that the majority of EU Member States agreed with the proposal, “but they do not want to make too much noise around it” due to the high rates of unjabbed citizens.
In Bulgaria, for example, only 23.7 per cent of the population have been jabbed, though the country has already started offering the third dose to those who want to take it, SchengenVisaInfo reports.
Other countries with higher jab rates have also offered the third dose to at least certain categories. In Norway, 78.6 per cent of the total population have been jabbed. The country has so far offered the third shot only to those 65 years and older. However, it is planning to offer it to everyone by next year.