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Vaccination record with only one shot

We are heading to Italy in about a month from the US. My question is, in order to enter restaurants, museums, etc, do we have to be fully vaccinated, or will they accept one vaccination as long as it has been 14 days since receiving it? What if you got the second dose just a few days before traveling, will they accept it? I’m getting mixed feedback from Google.

Thank you!!

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It has to be 14 days after your second dose.

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I don’t know the regulations, but Bets answer makes sense if the goal is to decrease spread of the disease, and that is the goal. People are considered fully vaccinated at 14 days after vaccine #2 based on the original vaccine research that showed around 95 percent protection at that point; the research shows about 50% protection 2 weeks out from the first dose.

The policy is good protection for you, too, to decrease your risk of contracting COVID-19 and being stuck in Italy after the planned end of your trip due to quarantine (or experiencing some consequence worse than that), though being fully vaccinated is certainly no guarantee of not contracting the virus while traveling, as multiple recent posts on this forum have indicated.

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One more thing. The US guidelines give some leeway in time with respect to shot #2. The last time I checked, it could be given as early as 17 days after the first dose. The guidelines for Europe require 21 days between shots, so don’t get the second shot early.

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You don’t say when you had your first vaccination. To go into Italian restaurants, museums etc you will need a “green pass” and to get this, you need to be double jabbed (as previously stated with the required time gaps plus 14 days minimum).

With one jab, you will be considered as unvaccinated. The CDC recommendation is therefore that you avoid non essential travel to Italy.

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You might want to revise your destination. Ukraine just modified their entry requirements to let people with one jab in.🤣

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You've cut it a bit too close. It's 2 weeks after your 2nd shot, if you do Pfizer or Moderna.

Good news is, if you can get the J&J single shot, it's 2 weeks after that, so you should be okay.

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The guidelines for Europe require 21 days between shots, so don’t get the second shot early.

The guidance for wait time between doses is set by the individual vaccine manufacturer and regulatory agencies. While in Europe they may issue guidance on wait time, there is no evidence that they expect other countries to do the same or are enforcing the 21 days on visitors.

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Thank you for all of your feedback everyone! My husband has to travel there for work, and I just found out about it yesterday (otherwise I would have planned way in advance). I was thinking of going with him, but it sounds like I probably should not, unless I get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (I prefer to get Pfizer, but I will need to do more research on J&J). I was holding off on the vaccine for a time due to having a family history of blood clots, and because we still have the antibodies from having Covid.

I noticed that for the Green Pass they only need the first dose for Italian residents (or covid tests every 48 hours), but it sounds like if you are coming from the US, the equivalency of the "pass" is only the for the fully vaccinated.

I appreciate all of your helpful responses!

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I'm a little confused. If you got the J&J one shot are you not considered fully vaccinated for travel to Europe?

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Jostravels;

You mentioned something fairly significant. You noted that you have had Covid and recovered. If that is the case, then you should get a declaration from your Doctor of that fact, this can be used in place of a vaccination for Italy as a green pass. I would of course still get the vaccine, but you can use the recovery documentation until the vaccination is "valid"

I am not sure what form the declaration should take, and it would be wise to have an Antibody test showing medical proof of recovery.

There may be additional information here: https://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioContenutiNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=english&id=5412&area=nuovoCoronavirus&menu=vuoto

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Our CFC cards have been carefully checked everywhere. They look at the dates.

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Documentation of COVID recovery or a negative test result will get you to Europe. A vaccination is not required.

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Here's from the Alitalia website:

  • une vaccination complète avec un vaccin validé par l'EMA d'au moins 14 jours ;
  • la guérison du Covid-19 survenue dans une période n'excédant pas 180 jours avant l'entrée en Italie ;
  • un rapport négatif suite à un écouvillon moléculaire ou antigénique réalisé dans les 48 heures précédant l'entrée sur le territoire national.

Recovery from Covid has to be within the past 180 days.
However, you may want to investigate how many jabs you need to be considered fully vaccinated if you have a record of having had Covid. In some countries (France) it's one jab. I don't know about Italy though.