Russians who have asymptomatically recovered from coronavirus will be able to receive QR codes if they have a positive PCR test, said Dmitry Khubezov, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Health Protection, writes Interfax…
They will not be limited by the norms of bills submitted by the government to parliament for consideration, the deputy said. This rule will not apply to those who have had COVID-19, but did not take a PCR test. They will be refused QR codes.
According to Khubezov, when discussing initiatives to introduce QR codes for access to public places and transport, experts have not yet mentioned the number of antibodies, which may serve as a basis for issuing a document.
The experts came to the conclusion that it is necessary to introduce a unified test system in Russia. “There should be a single test system for the determination of antibodies, and not just about anyone,” the politician explained.
He recalled that now the number of antibodies does not affect the decision on the need for vaccination. Also, when they are found, they do not give a QR code. From one antibody test, doctors cannot determine immunity to coronavirus: there may be few virus-neutralizing particles among them.
On November 12, bills were introduced to the State Duma on the introduction of QR codes for Russians over 18 years old, they were developed against the background of the deterioration in many regions of the situation with the spread of coronavirus.
So, Russians may be required to present a QR code on vaccination, a document on the transferred COVID-19 or a medical withdrawal from vaccination when visiting all public places, in particular, cafes and restaurants, as well as when visiting any public events. It is expected that the list of these places will be determined by the heads of the regions.
When checking QR codes, passport verification will become mandatory. If they refuse to present a document, a Russian may not be allowed even if he has a QR code. The bill will not affect the work of pharmacies, grocery retail and stores with essential goods.
After February 1, QR codes with a negative PCR test will be issued only to Russians with a medical withdrawal from vaccination.
Another initiative concerns the introduction of a QR code system in air and rail transport; it will be possible to get on airplanes and trains in Russia only with a QR code. You will have to show it when buying a ticket.
It is assumed that according to such rules, Russians will live until June 1, 2022. With the introduction of QR codes in transport and public places, a transition period will be announced, which will last until February 1, 2022.
It is possible to obtain a certificate of the status of a vaccinated, recovered or received medical treatment on the portal of public services, at the MFC or in other institutions. The current QR codes and certificates of Russians who have a regional status will be automatically replaced in information systems with new certificates.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova recalled that the level of herd immunity in the country has not yet been achieved, and further prospects for the development of the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia directly depend on this.
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