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The Government shortened the duration of the COVID-19 certificate

The Estonian Government decided to shorten the duration of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate to 9 months. The order comes into force from the 1st of February 2022. At the same time, this 9-month vaccination certificate is valid all over the EU. After the booster dose, the duration is extended to one year, but in EU, the discussions of finding a collective solution will continue.

The changes were made after ECDC made a recommendation to vaccinate people with a booster doses 6 months at the latest after finishing the preliminary vaccination course. After that, the certificate is valid for another 3 months to enable enough time for the booster dose. The change is related to the efficacy of the vaccines against new variants, and directs people to have a booster dose, and therefore a very good protection against the Omicron variant.

To have a valid certificate, the last dose of the vaccination course can't be more than 270 days away. The duration of a booster dose is one year in Estonia with the current regulations. Read more about the vaccination course HERE.

In December, it was decided in the EU that a common vaccination certificate will be created. That will simplify the travelling while controlling the spread of the coronavirus. The 270- day duration time is in force after finishing the preliminary vaccination course. The duration of a booster dose vaccination certificate is not agreed yet.

In Estonia, the COVID-19 vaccination certificate enables access to cultural, sport and entertainment activities, also eating out, and other organized events. Vaccination certificate enables convenient travels. At the same time, if you have been a close contact, it's still recommended to stay in self-isolation and notice any changes in your health.

The source: The Government Communication Office

Everything you should know about the COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination is free of charge for all people living in Estonia, even without the national health insurance.
  • Vaccination is voluntary.
  • Vaccination is open to all people who are at least 5 years old.
  • Compared to COVID-19 illness, vaccination is safe, and generally, the side effects pass quickly.
  • Booster doses are available only for adults, and the time for a booster jab is 2 months after finishing the vaccination course with the Janssen vaccine, and 3 months after finishing the vaccination course with AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
  • Booster doses for people, who are recovered from COVID-19 are recommended 6 months after their recovery or their last vaccination.
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