The government set out the rights of vaccinated people who have received an additional dose

14.10.2021 | 00:00

Stenbock House, 14 October 2021 – The government amended three orders to extend the exceptions for vaccinated people to those who have received an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
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Exceptions to isolation, testing, participation in events, and crossing the state border will be extended to people who have been vaccinated with an additional dose, i.e. they will be subject to the same regulation that currently applies to fully vaccinated people. Similarly to those who have completed their vaccination course, the exception is valid for one year after receiving an additional dose.

A person who has received an additional dose is not subject to a 10-day period of self-isolation if they do not exhibit symptoms after coming into close contact with someone infected with COVID-19. A person who has received an additional dose can participate in all events that require a COVID certificate. The right to cross the state border when travelling to Estonia is also extended to a person who has received an additional vaccination dose and does not exhibit symptoms.

Additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine mean both the extra dose and the booster dose given after the initial vaccination course. People with severe immunodeficiency who do not receive adequate protection with two doses or with one dose of Janssen vaccine will need an extra dose to complete the vaccination course. People who have completed a vaccination course and whose immunity has waned over time may require a booster dose.

In addition to people over the age of 65 and residents of nursing homes, COVID-19 booster doses have also been given to health, social, and educational workers in Estonia. In the aforementioned target groups, a booster dose can be given six months after the primary vaccination course. To receive the booster dose, people over the age of 65 have to contact their family physician and school employees should contact the school nurse.

For the general adult population, a booster dose is generally given eight months after the primary vaccination course. Regardless of which vaccine has previously been administered to the person, the committee on immunoprophylaxis recommends a booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which was approved for this purpose by the European Medicines Agency on 4 October. Based on current knowledge, a booster dose is not required for people who have recovered from COVID-19 and vaccinated with one or two doses, or for people who have been repeatedly infected.

The Government Communication Unit will publish the orders and the explanatory memorandums on the website kriis.ee.

Government Communication Office