Those who have not been vaccinated with the third dose and have passed 7 months after the vaccination will be considered unvaccinated from Monday.
The National Vaccination Committee, with the emergence of the Omicron strain in many countries, as well as in Greece, combined with the apparent increase in the risk of Covid-19 infection, reviewed the expert recommendations for a third dose and unanimously decided to vaccinate all citizens over 18 years of age after three months after completing a two-dose vaccination, as well as after a previous illness.
The reason this was done is to better protect the country ahead of Christmas from a mutation of which we do not yet know the extent.
Health Minister Thanos Pleuris, speaking about the mandatory vaccination of people over 60 years old, stressed that from December 13, the vaccinated will be considered unvaccinated. In practice, this means that they will have the same restrictions as those who have not been vaccinated.
In particular, the expiration of the certificate means that they will need two express tests per week to go to work. They will also need a rapid test to shop in commercial stores and travel by plane, ship or train.
From January 16, citizens over 60 years old who have not been vaccinated will be fined 100 euros every month. Please note that the new certificate is valid immediately (and not after 14 days as was the case with the two-dose full vaccination).
For the general population, the vaccination certificate is valid for one year, but at the European level they talk about a reduction in the period to 9 months. That is, if the booster dose is not administered within 9 months, the vaccination certificate will automatically expire throughout the European Union.
Details of measures
Thus, by Christmas, the epidemiologists’ plan includes three stages of access to daily activities, all of which are free for vaccinated citizens and “forbidden” for unvaccinated ones.
Access only for vaccinated or recovered from covid:
to nightclubs, closed dining areas of catering establishments, theaters, cinemas, museums, lectures, conferences, gyms.
Access of vaccinated or recovered with a certificate or certificate, as well as unvaccinated with the obligatory presentation of a diagnostic PCR test or express test:
retail stores, outdoor dining areas, hairdressers (beauty salons), workplaces, education, and places of worship.
What vaccines are given as a booster dose?
Complete vaccination with 2 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca. Booster vaccination is recommended no later than 3 months after a single dose of Pfizer or a half dose of Moderna. Complete vaccination with 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson. Vaccination is recommended after at least 2 months with one dose of Pfizer, J&J, or half dose of Moderna. 1st dose of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra Zeneca vaccine. 2nd dose of J&J vaccine.
Vaccination with a booster dose for those who have been ill
Disease before vaccination. 1 dose of J&J vaccine. Revaccination is recommended 3 months after taking Pfizer, J&J, or half dose of Moderna.
Vaccination with Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca. Revaccination is recommended at least 3 months after taking a dose of Pfizer or half the dose of Moderna.
1st dose with Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca. Illness after the first vaccination. Vaccination is recommended 3 months after illness using a dose of Pfizer or Moderna (full dose) to complete the vaccination. A booster dose is recommended 3 months after the second dose with 1 dose of Pfizer or half dose of Moderna.
Completion of J&J vaccination. Disease after vaccination. Vaccination is recommended 3 months after illness with one dose of Pfizer, half dose of Moderna, or J&J.
Completion of vaccination with 2 doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca. Disease after vaccination. Vaccination is recommended 3 months after illness with one dose of Pfizer or half dose of Moderna.
The time for antibody growth after the third dose is rapid, ranging from one to three days, since the third dose induces a secondary immune response.
According to scientific evidence, the booster dose increases the level of neutralizing antibodies by 20 times and three times the mnemonic T and B lymphocytes. According to the CDC, the third dose with the advent of the Omicron variant is not a luxury or an exaggeration, but an absolute necessity.
Also, changes have been made in the certificates of the past illness. In some cases, its effect expires after 3 months, and not after 6 months (as it was before).
As for the certificates of the transferred disease issued before 10/30/21, their validity expires on January 31, 2022, while the certificates issued from 01/01/21 become invalid after three months.