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Updated Covid Digital Certs reflecting booster vaccine to be issued from tonight

People who have received a Covid-19 booster immunisation will receive updated EU COVID passes starting tonight.

According to Minister of State Ossian Smyth, the Irish Government will begin issuing revised Covid certificates tonight, following Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced they will be provided “later this week”.

This means that Digital Covid Certificates produced after the first round of vaccination – two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca, or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine – will be valid for nine months.

Smyth informed Newstalk that to keep your Covid pass valid, you must have received your last Covid-19 immunisation dosage within the last 9 months.

If you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months, you can acquire a Digital Covid Recovery Certificate online.

The EU produced the Digital Covid Certs to restore inter-EU travel. The 9-month regulation takes effect on February 1st, thus these permits are being updated for travel.

Mr Smyth told Newstalk Breakfast that the amended credentials will be mailed out to consumers starting tonight.

“The great majority will be sent by email,” he added, adding that revised Covid certificates will be sent soon.

There are no studies “expressly addressing” whether boosters reduce Covid-19 transmission, however the European Commission says that given the growing facts, booster vaccine protection may outlast primary vaccine protection.

“The Commission may, based on new scientific findings, establish a suitable acceptance period for vaccination certificates issued following a booster,”

Ireland and other EU countries have used the EU Covid permits to allow huge audiences at particular events.