Yes. The original passes were for only one month. I got it the day they were announced. When it expired, I reupped for 6 more months, which is what was allowed. The concept is that in this way they can control the pass in relation to the science. At some point there will be boosters and they will be required before you re-up after a certain date.
On another matter, you either have a very bad typo in your post (within the parenthetical) or I am sorry to hear about your ass as I was looking forward to kicking it for many years to come. :-)