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The government has decided to introduce certificates of immunity from coronavirus for people who have been inoculated or recovered from Covid-19, the prime minister’s chief of staff said on Thursday.

Speaking at his regular weekly press briefing, Gergely Gulyás said that the certificate would be issued to people who have received the second shot of the vaccine, and indicate the date of administering the second jab.

Those recovered from Covid-19 will be issued a certificate indicating the date of their release from hospital or their first negative PCR after their infection, or the tenth day after their first positive PCR test result, Gulyás said. He added that both kind of certificates could be provided free of charge.

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Hungarians who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus will be able to prove their immunity with a plastic card, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás told on Thursday. Many around Europe are referring to this license as a “vaccine passport” since it gives people hope that they will once again […]Continue reading

Alternatively, persons recovered from Covid-19 could obtain a certificate based on results from a certified laboratory, Gulyás said, but added that in this case applicants would be charged a fee for the document.

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

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