Golikova clarified who can issue a covid certificate for antibodies

From February 1, Russians and foreign citizens who have had coronavirus or vaccinated with foreign vaccines can issue coronavirus certificates with QR codes if they confirm the presence of antibodies to COVID-19. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova stated this at a government briefing.

According to her, there are about 300 thousand Russians in the Rospotrebnadzor database who passed the coronavirus test during the year and who tested positive for it. “These citizens can receive a certificate valid for one year by passing an antibody test today,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

For six months, a certificate will also be issued to those who have not officially been sick with coronavirus, but presumably could have suffered the disease asymptomatically, and therefore have immunity to it. But this also needs to be confirmed with antibodies. “Such citizens are issued a certificate only for six months, because we do not know when they got sick,” Golikova emphasized. She recommended that they still get vaccinated in six months.

Citizens vaccinated with foreign vaccines can also receive a covid certificate for six months. This is due to the fact that so far Russia and other states do not have mutual recognition of vaccination certificates. The effectiveness of the vaccination given by a foreign drug will also need to be confirmed by the presence of antibodies.

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