From 1 January, vaccination certificates will only be valid for 9 months, booster shots will extend their validity indefinitely

From 1 January 2022, the validity of vaccination certificates will be reduced to nine months. After vaccination with a booster shot, the validity of the certificate is not limited at this time.

The reduction of validity of vaccination certificates is based on a recommendation from the European Commission. At-risk patients and persons over 60 years of age can be vaccinated with the booster shot 5 months after the second dose. Others can receive the booster shot 6 months after the second dose. People who have been vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine can receive the booster shot after 2 months.

Pre-registration for the booster shot was launched this week for all interested parties. On Monday 13 December, a new vaccination center operated by the General University Hospital will open in the Kotva department store in Prague. This is the Ministry of Health’s response to the anticipated increased interest in vaccination.

“We see the European Commission bodies as an expert authority in the field of vaccination. Therefore, we acknowledge its recommendation to shorten the validity of vaccination certificates to nine months. The booster shot multiplies the efficacy of the vaccination.  I therefore ask everyone to not delay the administration of the booster shot,” said Health Minister Adam Vojtěch.