Booster integrated into vaccination certificate

EU certificate valid 9 months

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The Diario reports that the vaccine booster dose has already been integrated into the vaccination certificates, which are now valid for nine months, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS). According to the information updated by the DGS, as of February 1st, there will be, in the European Union, an expiration date indicating the primary vaccination schedule: 1/1 (for single-dose vaccines or for those who have recovered from the infection ) and 2/2 (for two-dose vaccines).

“The vaccination certificates that attest to the completion of the primary vaccination schedule will be accepted up to 270 days (nine months) after the date of administration of the dose that completed the primary vaccination schedule”, indicates the information updated by the health authority, adding that “the Vaccination certificates attesting to the administration of booster doses will not be subject to an acceptance period”.

Vaccination certificates vary between countries

Since the rules regarding the use of the vaccination certificate vary between countries, the DGS recommends that the traveller, before traveling, check the rules of entry into force in the country of destination through the Re-open EU portal and the websites of the respective country authorities.

In Portugal, only vaccination certificates that certify the complete vaccination schedule of the respective holder, for at least 14 days, with the vaccines from Janssen, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax) or AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) are accepted. The DGS information also explains that the booster dose administered after a two-dose primary vaccination schedule is presented on the certificate as a 3/3 schedule, after a single-dose primary vaccination schedule it is presented as a 2/1 schedule and in those recovered from the infection, it appears as 3/1 scheme.

It adds that it is possible to access the vaccination certificate with an indication of the booster dose 14 days after the date of administration and that during this period the previous vaccination certificate can be used.

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found in an earlier post

Travel latest: requirements for entering and leaving Madeira: is kept up-to-date on a previous post

New restrictions: a detailed updated explanation of the latest regulations can be found here

11 thoughts on “Booster integrated into vaccination certificate”

  1. I’m coming to Madeira in February, hopefully to remain there.

    Despite the world-wide covid madness, I feel Madeira is still one of the better options within European space. With this intuition I purchased a property in Madeira last year, and soon I will be living there. For how long I don’t know.

    There are other places with much less “restrictions”, such as Albania and some of the Slavic countries, but when factoring in the mentality and the climate as well, I have chosen Madeira. One of the reasons is that I’m hearing from various local people that many places de-facto don’t give a facto about asking for any “certificates”. Regardless if they are valid for 9 months or less 🙂

    Besides, the entire covid narrative seems to be collapsing like a house of cards.

  2. Unfortunately, this article ignores the fact that many people cannot access their covid certificate at all. The Portuguese authorities persist in not doing what they must according to European agreements, in that they must provide anyone to whom they have administered a covid vaccine with a digital covid certificate. I have been fighting to get it since april last year, but they hide behind bureaucracy saying that the digital certificate is linked to the Numero de Utente, the user number of the health services. As a non-resident, I have no such number, as the bills of any care i need are (correctly) sent to my Dutch health insurance of which the IASaúde took the details from my European health card. It is a scandal that they remain in breach of the agreements. It gets worse when new residents, who should have a numero de utente, do not get it because the SEF hasn’t done its work. I have great admiration for the way they have dealt with vaccinations, but i am not impressed with the sluggish bureaucracy.


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