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Expiry of EU Digital Covid Certificate

Kimmy11Posted by Kimmy11 on Mon Dec 27, 2021 5:09pm in Coronavirus discussion
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Dear all,

For people vaccinated in Spain (and elsewhere in the EU), please note that with effect from 21 December 2021, the EU Digital Covid Certificate/Pass now has a validity period of 9 months.  The extract below explains:

"The new rules for intra-EU travel harmonise the different rules across Member States. This validity period takes into account the guidance of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, according to which booster doses are recommended at the latest six months after the completion of the first vaccination cycle. The Certificate will remain valid for a grace period of an additional three months beyond those six months to ensure that national vaccination campaigns can adjust and citizens will have access to booster doses.

"The new rules on the acceptance period of vaccination certificates apply for the purposes of travel. When introducing different rules to use the certificates at national level, Member States are encouraged to align them to these new rules to provide certainty for travellers and reduce disruptions.

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"In addition, today the Commission has also adapted the rules for the encoding of vaccination certificates. This is necessary to ensure that vaccination certificates showing completion of the primary series can always be distinguished from vaccination certificates issued following a booster dose.

Boosters will be recorded as follows:

  • 3/3 for a booster dose following a primary 2-dose vaccination series.
  • 2/1 for a booster dose following a single-dose vaccination or a one dose of a 2-dose vaccine administered to a recovered person."

and the full article can be read on the EU website:

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_6837

Kind regards,

Kim


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So we're already out of compliance with last vaccination + 6 months without the offer of a booster. Mine ran out 25th December. Let's hope things get going through the 3 months grace period or we'll end up as pariahs lol.

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Lancelot wrote on Thu Dec 30, 2021 4:41pm:

So we're already out of compliance with last vaccination + 6 months without the offer of a booster. Mine ran out 25th December. Let's hope things get going through the 3 months grace period or we'll end up as pariahs lol.

Hi Lancelot,

I believe that Algorfa comes under Orihuela health authority, rather than Torrevieja, so it may give you some comfort to know that a 53 year old in my Spanish class had her booster in Almoradí this week.  Have you asked at your local Health Centre?

Kind regards, 

Kim

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Kimmy11 wrote on Thu Dec 30, 2021 4:56pm:

Hi Lancelot,

I believe that Algorfa comes under Orihuela health authority, rather than Torrevieja, so it may give you some comfort to know that a 53 year old in my Spanish class had her booster in Almoradí this week.  Have you asked at your local Health Centre?

Kind regards, 

Kim

That's interesting, I looked on the GVA website and it said for 50-59 they were to follow the same approach as for mass vaccinations an sms or phonecall.

We registered for the temp SIP using the, now discredited, method online. We have a SIP number but no card.

Was your friend pinged with an appointment or go to the salud to make one, do you know?

thanks

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Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:07pm

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Lancelot wrote on Thu Dec 30, 2021 5:11pm:

That's interesting, I looked on the GVA website and it said for 50-59 they were to follow the same approach as for mass vaccinations an sms or phonecall.

We registered for the temp SIP using the, now discredited, method online. We have a SIP number but no card.

Was your friend pinged with an appointment or go to the salud to make one, do you know?

thanks

Hi Lancelot,

We obtained our temporary SIP numbers (but not cards) by the same method as you.  We took our phones with the original SMS messages confirming our SIP numbers, along with our TIEs, to our health centre (Rojales) and they booked us in for the booster that week.  We don´t have current EHICs and we weren´t asked for a current Padron either, although feedback from other members, suggests there´s no consistency on this between health centres.

I don´t know whether my classmate received her appointment by SMS - I´ll try and find out - but in the meantime, you could try visiting your Health Centre, as we did.  Just for info, the first time we went, they were very busy and we were told that they were only doing 70+, and that we should go back in 3 weeks´ time.  We ignored that and went back the following week, early evening when it was quiet, when we saw a different receptionist, who was really helpful and booked us in for the booster at the end of the same week.

Good luck!

Kind regards,

Kim

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Lancelot wrote on Thu Dec 30, 2021 5:11pm:

That's interesting, I looked on the GVA website and it said for 50-59 they were to follow the same approach as for mass vaccinations an sms or phonecall.

We registered for the temp SIP using the, now discredited, method online. We have a SIP number but no card.

Was your friend pinged with an appointment or go to the salud to make one, do you know?

thanks

In Almoradi we have been sent an appointment without having to go to the Centro de Salud.

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Kimmy11 wrote on Mon Dec 27, 2021 5:09pm:

Dear all,

For people vaccinated in Spain (and elsewhere in the EU), please note that with effect from 21 December 2021, the EU Digital Covid Certificate/Pass now has a validity period of 9 months.  The extract below explains:

"The new rules for intra-EU travel harmonise the different rules across Member States. This validity period takes into account the guidance of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, according to which booster doses are recommended at the latest six months after the completion of the first vaccination cycle. The Certificate will remain valid for a grace period of an additional three months beyond those six months to ensure that national vaccination campaigns can adjust and citizens will have access to booster doses.

"The new rules on the acceptance period of vaccination certificates apply for the purposes of travel. When introducing different rules to use the certificates at national level, Member States are encouraged to align them to these new rules to provide certainty for travellers and reduce disruptions.

"In addition, today the Commission has also adapted the rules for the encoding of vaccination certificates. This is necessary to ensure that vaccination certificates showing completion of the primary series can always be distinguished from vaccination certificates issued following a booster dose.

Boosters will be recorded as follows:

3/3 for a booster dose following a primary 2-dose vaccination series.2/1 for a booster dose following a single-dose vaccination or a one dose of a 2-dose vaccine administered to a recovered person."
and the full article can be read on the EU website:

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_6837

Kind regards,

Kim

Hi Kim,

Am I correct in assuming that the EU Digital certificate will only expire 9 months after completion of the primary vaccination/s (1/1 or 2/2) and for those of us who have had our booster jabs (3/3) our certificate remains valid ?

Regards Gary.

p/s I also found this ...

  

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Gary wrote on Sun Jan 2, 2022 1:21pm:

Hi Kim,

Am I correct in assuming that the EU Digital certificate will only expire 9 months after completion of the primary vaccination/s (1/1 or 2/2) and for those of us who have had our booster jabs (3/3) our certificate remains valid ?

Regards Gary.

p/s I also found this ...

  

Hi Gary,

As I read it, the Covid certificate will expire 9 months after your most recent vaccination.  So, for example, I had the second of my first 2 vaccinations on 5 July 2021, so my Covid passport would have expired 9 months from that date, i.e. 5 April 2022.  However, I had a booster jab on 17 December 2021, so I now expect my Covid certificate to be valid for a further 9 months from that date, i.e. until 17 September 2022.

Kind regards, 

Kim

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Kimmy11 wrote on Sun Jan 2, 2022 1:55pm:

Hi Gary,

As I read it, the Covid certificate will expire 9 months after your most recent vaccination.  So, for example, I had the second of my first 2 vaccinations on 5 July 2021, so my Covid passport would have expired 9 months from that date, i.e. 5 April 2022.  However, I had a booster jab on...

... 17 December 2021, so I now expect my Covid certificate to be valid for a further 9 months from that date, i.e. until 17 September 2022.

Kind regards, 

Kim

Hi Kim,

Our dates are very similar, I had my booster on December 13th 2021, so I am going to make a note in the diary that my Covid certificate will expire on September 13th 2022. 

I hope by that time we will have some clear guidance on how to go about getting another booster.

Regards

Gary

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Posted: Wed Jan 5, 2022 12:42pm

Gary wrote on Sun Jan 2, 2022 1:21pm:

Hi Kim,

Am I correct in assuming that the EU Digital certificate will only expire 9 months after completion of the primary vaccination/s (1/1 or 2/2) and for those of us who have had our booster jabs (3/3) our certificate remains valid ?

Regards Gary.

p/s I also found this ...

  

So do we need to download an upto date certificate after the booster shot?

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