Hungarian govt introduces Covid-19 immunity certificates

Source : 112 Ukraine

The government has yet to decide what sort of exemptions certificate-holders will be entitled to
21:20, 12 February 2021

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The Hungarian government has decided to introduce certificates of immunity from Covid-19 for people who have been inoculated against or recovered from the disease. It is stated by Gergely Gulyas, the minister in charge of the prime minister’s office, Hungary Today reports. 

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The certificate will be issued to people who have received the second shot of the vaccine, indicating the date on which the second jab was administered. The document will not have an expiry date as there is not enough information available as to how long immunity lasts after a person has been vaccinated.

Further, another kind of certificate will note relevant dates such as a recovered Covid patient’s release from hospital or the tenth day after their first positive PCR test result.

Both kinds of certificate will be provided free of charge.

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Alternatively, a certificate based on results from a certified laboratory will be valid for four months after the lab results are issued.

“We hope this document will help get things back to normal as soon as possible,” Gergely Gulyas said, adding that the government had yet to decide what sort of exemptions certificate-holders will be entitled to.

As we reported earlier, Hungary has approved the use of the Russian coronavirus vaccine. Sputnik V will now be used to vaccinate the population.

Hungarian Labor Minister Miklos Kasler said that the National Center for Public Health has completed a study of documents from the manufacturer and concluded that the Russian vaccine can be used for people.

Hungary became the first country in the European Union to approve the use of the Russian vaccine.

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