Green pass expires – what`s next?

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Every day Austrians lose their Green Pass because their booster expired nine months ago. There is no solution for this yet.

A lot has happened since all G-rules fell on 5 March. The green pass was supposed to be banned from everyday life, but now it is still with us for a while. For example, anyone who wants to work in the catering industry in Vienna must show proof of 2G.

Those who go on holiday also have to show 3G proof when they return. Otherwise, you will be in quarantine for ten days, and only a negative PCR test will end this quarantine. In the middle of planning their holidays, many Austrians may take a look at their green passport and check whether it is still possible to go on holiday.

Vaccination dose 3/3 with an expiry date

In most cases, you will see a green tick, plus a “Vaccination dose 3/3” (4.8 million Austrians are boostered) and the date until which you are eligible. When the green passport expires, this date is nine months after the booster vaccination. This already affects many Austrians.

As a data set on Corona vaccination on Austria’s Open Data platform shows, 118 people got their third dose by 31 July. Nine months later, i.e., this Friday, their green passport will expire. On 1 May, another 2,589 Austrians will lose their vaccination certificate, and from then on, the number will increase.

For several million people, this day is in summer or early autumn. People would no longer be allowed to enter areas where G-rules apply from that day on. So what happens then?

No solution so far

In any case, it is not possible to get a fourth vaccination before the expiry date of the green passport. “There is currently no general recommendation for a fourth vaccination,” says the Ministry of Health. However, at-risk patients can be vaccinated “off-label” by a family doctor if they recommend it. Regarding the expiry of the Green Passport, it is said:

“A solution regarding expiring vaccination certificates 3/3 is currently being worked on and should be available soon.”

It is not yet clear when exactly this solution will be worked out. Representatives of the federal states consider a few days to several weeks possible. In Germany, for example, booster certificates currently have no expiry date at all.

As of now, 74,000 more Austrians would lose their green passports at the beginning of the holidays on 2 July. On 1 October, when we are probably already hit by a winter wave, the vaccination status of 3/3 of a total of 4.5 million Austrians would expire.

  • source: heute.at/picture: pixabay.com
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