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Changes in Validity of Vaccination Certificates, New Rules Announced

Júlia Tar 2022.01.21.

From February 15th, the immunity certificate will be converted into a vaccination certificate. Hungarians will only be eligible for a vaccination certificate if they have received the third booster jab or received the second dose no longer than six months ago.

As we have also reported, Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, announced at the cabinet briefing on January 13th that the immunity certificate will become a vaccination certificate from February 15th. We have written about the details and conditions of it before, in this article, and this one.

Booster Jabs Conditional for Vaccination Certificate from February 15
Booster Jabs Conditional for Vaccination Certificate from February 15

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The conditions have now been published in the government’s official gazette, Magyar Közlöny:

  • an unvaccinated person will not be eligible for a vaccination certificate even if they were infected and recovered before, and any immunity certificates that were issued after recovery will be invalid
  • the certificate will be issued to anyone who has had a second vaccination within the past six months
  • when the timeframe of six months passes after the second vaccination, the certificate loses validity unless a third dose has been administered
  • in case the person got infected after the second vaccination, then the validity date of the immunity certificate is extended by six months (starting from the date of registered as infected). When the six months expires, they need to get the third dose, otherwise their certificate loses validity
  • for those under 18, one vaccine for the single-dose vaccine and two vaccines for the double-dose vaccine is sufficient for validity
  • those vaccinated with a single dose of Janssen should also receive a confirmed second vaccination within six months
  • there will be no need to replace the current immunity certificates, the QR code will be used to check the validity of the document
  • venue operators and event organizers are required to check the immunity certificate. These venues are only accessible to vaccinated persons
  • after the booster/third dose, the certificate will be valid for an indefinite period of time.
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Source: Telex, koronavirus.gov.hu

Featured image via János Vajda/MTI


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