Today, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 235,000 green passports in Austria will become invalid because the booster vaccination was not administered within six months after the second vaccination, according to the latest update.
Booster possible after only three months as of February 1
As of Tuesday, the validity of the Corona vaccination after the second prick has been shortened from nine months to six months. From the expiry of their green passport are still affected as of Monday afternoon 235,245 people, informed the Ministry of Health in response to an APA query. On Friday, it was still assumed that more than 323,000 vaccination certificates would be discontinued, previously there was talk of just under 500,000.
Infection as booster vaccination?
As things stand, those who have been vaccinated twice and then infected need the third vaccination 180 days after recovery. This is another reason why the number of people affected by the shortening in the Omicron wave has decreased rapidly since the beginning of the year. As of early January, about 989,000 people without boosters would have fallen over for their vaccination certificates on Feb. 1; now, that number is 754,000 fewer.
140,000 booster vaccinations in the last week
In the past seven days alone, more than 139,000 people in Austria got their third shot. A total of 4.4 million people, or 49.3 percent of the population, have received their third vaccination so far. The third prick is valid for nine months (270 days). Those affected without a third vaccination most recently received a reminder via push notification in the Green Pass app. In addition, the Ministry of Health already sent initial reminders last year to those who were due for booster vaccination.
Exactly 17,439 more people are also officially boostered as of Tuesday – they were too quick on the third shot under previous regulations. Beginning Feb. 1, the minimum legal interval between second and third vaccinations will be reduced from 120 days to 90 days. However, the National Immunization Panel’s recommendation remains that the third vaccination is administered no earlier than four months after the second vaccination. The 17,439 affected individuals who previously received a 2/2 vaccination certificate due to a shortfall in this minimum interval after the third vaccination will now receive a new 3/3 vaccination certificate.
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