Russian President Vladimir Putin supported on Wednesday, November 24, the initiative of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova to extend the validity period of the coronavirus vaccination certificate for COVID-19 patients to a year.
“This is what we will do,” the head of state said after listening to the report of Golikova and her proposal that those who have recovered from COVID-19 should have a certificate valid for a year, not 6 months.
The Russian leader recalled that each country, depending on the epidemiological situation, has the right to make its own decisions, while experts in Russia are inclined to believe that those who have had a coronavirus infection can consider themselves conditionally protected throughout the year.
As the Deputy Prime Minister noted, after the President approves the corresponding proposal, the necessary changes will be made to the methodological recommendations of the Ministry of Health.
Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, epidemiologist Vadim Pokrovsky recalled that currently the recommendations for revaccination remain the same – in six months. He said that after suffering an illness, the time of expected immunity is reduced by vaccination, which is rather strange. As a rule, you can equate the transferred disease with vaccination, ”he said.
In addition, on November 23, the Governor of the Amur Region Vasily Orlov proposed to introduce at the federal level the procedure for providing QR codes for those who have had COVID-19 in a mild form and who did not go to the doctor. According to him, this measure would help reduce public resonance on the topic of vaccination, and would also relieve the health system.
Earlier, on November 12, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation approved the validity period of QR codes for those who had been ill after vaccination. The ministry’s order says that after vaccination, the QR code is valid for a year, after an illness – six months. Moreover, if a vaccinated person is diagnosed with a coronavirus, his digital pass is canceled, and after the end of the disease, it begins to operate for six months. Citizens can receive a certificate of vaccination, past illness or contraindications upon request at the hospital or at the MFC. The electronic version of the document will be available on the portal of public services.
Against the backdrop of a worsening epidemiological situation, the Russian authorities are urging residents to get vaccinated in order to protect their health and take care of their loved ones. Citizens are vaccinated for free. Five vaccines against coronavirus have been registered in the country: Sputnik V, which became the first vaccine against COVID-19 in the Russian Federation and the world, as well as Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N and KoviVak.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites of stopcoronavirus.rf and accessvsem.rf, as well as by the hashtag #WeV Together. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.