The EU digital certificate of vaccination or a past COVID-19 disease must be extended until June 2023, European deputies came to this conclusion at a session of the European Parliament (EP) on Thursday in Strasbourg.
The EP supported the respective decision of the committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs and approved by an overwhelming majority a proposal to negotiate with EU member states (EU Council) for a one-year extension of the certificate, which will expire on 30 June.
In order to respect the freedom of movement in the EU, MEPs clarified the proposals put forward to renew this certificate, emphasizing that Member States should not impose additional restrictions on the movement of citizens holding such a digital European certificate, except in cases of absolute necessity.
“If such restrictions are necessary, they should be limited, proportionate and based on the latest scientific assessments of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the EU Committee for Sanitary Safety,” the EP notes.
At the end of April, European Commission (EC) spokesman Christian Wiegand said that the EU digital certificate was a success and the EC is proposing to extend it for another year.
“The certificate will expire at the end of June. We proposed a one-year extension for the simple reason that we do not know how the epidemiological situation will develop in the coming months, in particular in the fall. We have already seen that new strains may appear,” the press officer said. secretary.
“And in any case, you should always be on the lookout and have this very useful tool that is still being used in some countries,” Wiegand explained, answering the question, what is the future of the certificate, given that some EU states no longer use it.
Ukraine has recorded 16,993 new cases of COVID-19, in addition to 9,338 recoveries and 142 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian Health Ministry said on Monday.
“Over the past day, February 13, Ukraine has recorded 16,993 new cases of COVID-19, including 1,447 children and 252 medical workers, while 18,938 persons have been vaccinated for COVID-19, including 5,658 who received the first dose, 8,981 who received the second dose, 95 who received an additional dose, and 4,204 who received a booster shot. In the past 24 hours, 2,270 persons have been hospitalized, 142 have died, and 9,338 have recovered,” the ministry said on Telegram.
There were 24,518 new cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine the day before, on February 12, 38,212 new cases of the disease were detected per day, on February 11, some 41,229 new cases of COVID-19 were detected per day, on February 10, some 41,694 new cases of diseases were detected.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ukraine has seen a total of 4,542,693 COVID-19 cases, including 3,788,395 recoveries and 102,950 deaths.
Half of Ukrainian adults have been vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said.
“Some 50% of the adult population has already been vaccinated against COVID-19. Every second Ukrainian has received at least one dose of the vaccine. We must increase this figure,” he said at a government meeting on Wednesday.
From February 4, 2022, upon arrival in Slovakia, for fully vaccinated persons, as well as for persons who have overcome the disease, home quarantine upon arrival in Slovakia is not mandatory, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has said. “From February 4, 2022, upon arrival in Slovakia, persons who have overcome COVID-19 more than 180 days ago have the same conditions as those vaccinated. That is, for fully vaccinated persons, as well as for persons who have overcome the disease, home quarantine upon arrival in Slovakia is not mandatory,” the service said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.
Previously, people who had the disease were required to go into quarantine. Those who were vaccinated and survived the disease were required to register in the eHranica system.
For now, eHranice registration remains mandatory for unvaccinated individuals after each arrival in Slovakia.
“As for the quarantine for the unvaccinated, it is reduced from ten to five days after arrival in Slovakia, or quarantine is terminated after receiving a negative PCR test result, which can be done immediately after arrival in Slovakia,” the service said.
The service also said that under the rules adopted by the European Commission, for travelers with COVID-19 vaccination certificates, from now on, for EU countries, the vaccination certificate will be valid for travel for nine months. Given this decision, Slovakia has canceled the list of risk countries associated with the omicron coronavirus strain and the special conditions for persons arriving from risk countries.
Citizens of Ukraine who received a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will get an additional UAH 500, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video statement on Monday evening.
“There is a clear understanding that immunity grows after each subsequent dose of the vaccine, and the ‘boosterization’ strategy has become the unified standard for all developed countries. Boosterization is the third dose of the vaccine, therefore, under the e-Aid program, another UAH 500 will be allocated for those citizens who receive the third dose,” he said.
There are enough vaccines in Ukraine for the prevention of COVID-19 and a full course of vaccination, as well as for the introduction of a booster dose, Health Minister Viktor Liashko has said.
“Vaccination points and mass vaccination centers are open [except for January 7 – a day off]. There is a vaccine in Ukraine – for the first and second vaccinations, as well as for the introduction of additional and booster doses,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
According to the minister, only three regions of Ukraine have overcome the 50% threshold of the fully vaccinated adult population: Kyiv city (73%), Kyiv (55%) and Poltava (51%) regions.
At the same time, Liashko predicts an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“The healthcare system is preparing for another increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Ukraine,” he said.
As reported, Liashko on Thursday signed an order on the introduction of a booster dose for all vaccinated Ukrainians over 18 years old.