Introduction of ‘COVID passports’ in Russian regions detrimental, deputy PM says

TASS Russian News Agency | Jan 28, 2021 at 2:42 PM

MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. The introduction of any additional documents, except for the vaccination certificate, for those inoculated against the coronavirus in Russian regions is counterproductive. This shapes the public opinion that vaccination is mandatory which is unacceptable, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said during a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with cabinet members on Thursday.

"I would like to draw your attention again, especially for regional leaders, that introduction of any additional documents except for those stipulated in the current legislation, namely, a certificate, is counterproductive and even detrimental. The introduction of additional passports or some other documents, as we see, annoy residents [who] in this case view vaccination as a compulsory process. As of today, this is unacceptable," she said.

The deputy prime minister noted that the World Health Organization does not recommend to introduce a requirement to show proof of vaccination or immunity for international travel.

She also reiterated that the form of the vaccination certificate was approved by the Russian Healthcare Ministry. "[The certificate] is issued at inoculation stations, the website of the unified portal of state services has the option of automatic generation of a QR-code and information on inoculation and other services," the deputy prime minister noted.

Mass vaccination in Russia was launched on January 18.