Anyone who wants to continue using their European corona travel certificate should receive an extra shot between six and nine months after vaccination. The European Commission advises this to the Member States.
Brussels is also calling on Member States to reopen borders to travellers from all countries from 10 January, provided they have been vaccinated with corona vaccines approved by the World Health Organization.
After six months, the effectiveness of the corona vaccines decreases slightly, says Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders. “The sooner we can get the third dose, the better.” But that can be done until after 9 months after the second shot (or after the only one in Janssens case).
The extra vaccination, also known as booster prick, is intended to counteract that effect. Several Member States of the European Union have now announced that some groups of vaccinated vaccinees will be considered fully vaccinated only after a booster. This can cause confusion among travelers. The committee urges to apply the same rules.
In the Netherlands, boosters are now being given to over 80s, adults living in healthcare facilities and healthcare employees who have direct contact with patients.