Hungary U-turns on COVID-19 passport vaccine type disclosure

Hungary U-turns on COVID-19 passport vaccine type disclosure. [Shutterstock/BERMIX STUDIO]

The digital version of the Hungarian immunity card will include the type of vaccination and the dates of both vaccinations by 15 June, and so will comply with EU regulations, Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff told journalists on Thursday, thus reversing a previous decision from February.

In February, the government said it will not disclose which type of jab was administered to its citizens.

The issue is particularly sensitive in Hungary, where citizens are being inoculated both with the Russian Sputnik V and Chinese Sinopharm jabs, neither of which are authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Under the EU deal on digital COVID-19 certificates, it will be up to member states to decide whether they accept non-EMA approved jabs.

There is no technical obstacle to the use of the EU’s COVID-19 certificate in Hungary from 1 July, and the government hopes the Hungarian immunity card will also be accepted throughout the bloc, Gulyás said.

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