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EU says COVID booster should be required for vaccine passes

The EU commission is recommending that the bloc’s vaccination certificate, which has largely allowed free travel of COVID-vaccinated Europeans, be valid for only nine months after the second dose.

“We propose a validity of nine months for the European anti-COVID certificate and beyond this period, its validity would no longer be recognized in the absence of a booster dose,” EU commissioner Didier Reynders says in press briefing.

A pharmacist holds a French vaccine pass after administering a booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 in Paris. (AP/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

French Health Minister Olivier Veran says that starting January 15, people aged over 18 would need to show proof of a top-up vaccine dose to maintain a valid COVID pass, which is required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms and other public venues.

Israel, which was the first country to open booster shots to all adults in August, made the third vaccination dose compulsory for a “Green Pass” in early October.

— with Times of Israel staff

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