Vaccination certificate expiry date may be postponed

From today’s perspective, this still affects 323,621 people who have not yet received a booster and will therefore no longer have a valid 2G certificate from next Tuesday. The Ministry of Health said that the question of whether the deadline might be postponed is currently “in the final vote”. Details should not be available until Friday afternoon. The national crisis coordination Gecko also meets there, and it is also supposed to deal with the postponement of the deadline. Recently, more and more criticism has been voiced about the expiry of the certificates. The shortening of the Green Passport should come into force after two vaccinations in four days.

This measure was communicated for the first time in November 2021. However, not everyone affected may have noticed that. The ministry pointed out that, among other things, the people affected in the app were informed about the change by means of push notifications – but those who deactivated push notifications did not receive this message.

The ministry also pointed out that reminders for the third vaccination are being sent out “continuously”, also pointing out the shortening. At the beginning of February – i.e. after the reduction and after the obligation to vaccinate has come into force – there should also be direct mail to all households about the obligation to vaccinate, in which the reduction from nine to six months is communicated.

Two weeks ago, 897,000 people were still affected by the expiry of the certificates, and around 989,000 people at the beginning of January. This means that a considerable number of those affected have gotten the refresher.

Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) said on Friday that the problem was known and that the responsible Minister of Health, Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens), was currently working on a solution. Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) also confirmed that the regulation was “livable”.

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