In Austria, the vaccination status of 2 expires after nine months. Corona vaccination.
Vaccination and convalescent status Vaccinated or convalescent: What applies from now on?
Dusseldorf Since yesterday, vaccinated persons in Austria lose their vaccination status after six months, unless they extend it with the booster vaccination. This had been decided by the Austrian government due to the rapid spread of the Omikron variant.
The EU Commission has also made a similar decision: without booster vaccination, EU vaccination certificates for entry into member countries are generally valid for only nine months after basic immunization. The EU-wide regulations will also come into force on 1 January. February 2022 and will affect the vaccination status in Germany.
Who is considered fully vaccinated so far?
In Germany, individuals are fully immunized if it has been at least 14 days since the last vaccine dose with a Covid 19 vaccine licensed in the EU. Depending on the vaccine, one or two vaccine doses have been necessary to date to obtain full vaccine protection. Yet these vaccines are licensed in Germany:
Furthermore, persons are considered to be fully vaccinated if they have been infected with Corona according to laboratory diagnostic findings (PCR test) and have been vaccinated once with a Corona vaccine after surviving the disease. This includes people in whom antibodies against the coronavirus have been detected. If they received their first vaccine dose two weeks or more ago, they are considered fully vaccinated.
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New RKI guideline: Who is considered recovered??
Persons are recovered, whose by means of PCR test proven Corona infection does not go back longer than three months. Only recently, the RKI had shortened the convalescent status from six to three months. After that, a booster vaccination is recommended. This is clear from the new guidelines issued by the Institute effective 15. January. In addition, those who have been vaccinated once and subsequently contracted Corona before receiving the second vaccine dose are counted as recovered. In this case, too, the infection must have occurred less than three months ago.
Recently it became known that for members of the Bundestag the time limit of six months partly still applies. Specifically affected by this are the participants in the plenary and the committees, announced a spokesman on Tuesday. Meanwhile, this is causing criticism.
Who will fall under "2G" in Germany in the future?
Most experts agree that in the long run, immunization after the second vaccination is incomplete. The numerous reported vaccination breakthroughs based on declining immune protection speak a similar language. As early as last May, Thomas Mertens, chairman of the Standing Commission on Vaccination (Stiko), announced in an interview with the Funke Mediengruppe: "The virus will not leave us again. The current Corona vaccinations will therefore not be the last ones."
Meanwhile, the "2G-plus rule" prevails in many areas of public life. This means that access to events or indoor areas is only granted to vaccinated and recovered persons who can also show a negative corona test. If people are already boosted, they do not need to be additionally tested.
In the meantime, the EU Commission has decided that the validity period of the Corona vaccination certificate will be extended from 1. February 2022 is to be shortened to nine months. This concerns people who have not yet received a booster shot. You will then only be considered fully vaccinated for a period of nine months after basic immunization. So far, there is no expiration date for the booster vaccination. Vaccination status is unrestricted for now.
That in the future under the designation "2G" in Germany those will fall, whose booster vaccination 14 days ago, is therefore considered safe.
What some don’t know: The digital vaccination certificate – for example in the CovPass app – already has an expiration date that occurs exactly twelve months after the second vaccination dose. However, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), this is a technical expiration date, which does not mean that vaccination protection is no longer available. According to the institute, those affected will then only need a new digital certificate.