The Polish government has announced that it will reduce the validity of vaccinations from 12 months to nine months in February.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Feb. 1, the validity of EU COVID Certificates (UCCs) will be reduced from one year to 270 days from the date the last applicable dose was administered.
  • Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be considered fully vaccinated nine months after the date of their last applicable dose.
  • Certificates that were issued before Feb. 1 will be reduced to 270 days, including certificates for those who have received booster doses.

BAL Analysis: Authorities first introduced UCCs to facilitate free movement in the EU. The Polish government has reduced the validity in line with the EU Council’s recent vaccination validity announcement. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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