Germany: 12 million vaccination certificates expire on October 1st

In connection with the entry into force of the new version of the Infection Protection Law, millions of citizens of the country who have already been vaccinated against the “Corona” may lose their status. Who will be affected and what do you need to know now?

The entry into force of the new version of the Infection Protection Act has implications for millions of Germans. Among other things, the new measures involve changes to the vaccination certificate. The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) explains: In order to be considered “fully vaccinated”, a booster or third vaccination is basically required. Moreover, the last individual vaccination must be done at least three months after the second. According to current BMG data, 51.7 million people in Germany (62.2%) have been revaccinated (the first booster shot) to date.

At the same time, the rule still remains in force: in the case of an already existing infection, the presence of two officially confirmed vaccinations also gives citizens the status of “fully vaccinated”. In addition, it also applies to those who have either a documented positive antibody test taken prior to the first vaccination or PCR-confirmed Sars-CoV-2 infection obtained prior to the second vaccination or up to 28 days after the second vaccination.

With the introduction of these innovations, 11.8 million people (14.1%) of German residents will be “at risk” – these include those who have been vaccinated only twice. To maintain their status, they need to get their third vaccination today. Otherwise, starting in October, they will no longer be considered “fully vaccinated” and their vaccination certificates will expire accordingly.

Who needs a booster

The Permanent Commission on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends revaccination for all citizens over the age of twelve. The minimum recommended interval for those already vaccinated is six months between the completion of the main immunization and the first booster. In some cases – after consulting a doctor – this interval can be reduced to four months.

According to STIKO, for children aged five to eleven with pre-existing medical conditions; suffered by Corona, as well as the presence of immunodeficiency states, the first (with an interval of at least six months after the completion of the main immunization) and the second booster vaccination are recommended.

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