Greece is planning to shorten the validity of the Greek vaccination certificate for all age groups.
The news was announced by the Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris yesterday, on December 5. Plevris revealed that the vaccination certificates would remain valid for seven months only after the last dose of the vaccine, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The Minister explained that all those who don’t receive a booster shot within the seven-month time frame would be considered unvaccinated, indicating that they will be subject to restrictions.
It is believed that the Greek authorities have decided to take such a decision to protect public health as well as prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.
The data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that Greece has registered 239,038 new infection cases in the last seven days. During the same period, the country has registered 496 new deaths.
As for the vaccination rate, the figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reveal that 65.8 per cent of the entire adult population in Greece have been fully vaccinated against the virus, whereas 69.8 per cent have only taken a single dose.
Moreover, the same shows that 33.4 per cent of the population in Greece has received an additional dose, also known as a booster shot.
Concerning the validity of the vaccination certificates, the EU Commission announced that starting from February 1, EU vaccination certificates will remain valid for only nine months while noting that a uniform acceptance period for these certificates would ensure that the EU Member States keep coordinated travel measures.
Additionally, in support of this decision, the Commission claimed that the validity period of 270 days had been based on available scientific evidence and objective criteria.
As for the booster doses, the Commission has explained that they will also be recorded in the certificates. Booster doses of single-dose vaccine will be recorded as “2/1”, whereas booster doses of two-dose vaccine will be recorded as “3/3”.
Previously, Greece also changed its rules on the recovery certificate. The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority announced last month that COVID-19 recovery certificates would be valid for domestic travel within Greece only if they have been issued 14 days after a person received its first positive COVID-19 test result.
It has been explained that the new rule on the recovery certificates applies to everyone who wishes to take a domestic flight while in Greece, including travellers from other countries.