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Hungary to extend immunity certificate validity

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Hungary will extend the validity of its COVID immunity certificates for people who have been inoculated with the first two jabs of vaccine until May 1, in line with the practice of other European Union countries, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, said at a weekly press briefing on Thursday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Gulyás explained that neither Brussels nor other EU member states had tightened rules on immunity certificates with the emergence of the Omicron variant, and the government did not want to put Hungarian citizens at a disadvantage compared to their EU peers.

Earlier, the government had planned, from February 15, to limit the validity of immunity certificates in Hungary to people who had their second COVID jab no more than six months earlier or had their booster jab.

The European Commission in December adopted a binding acceptance period of nine months - exactly 270 days - for vaccination certificates for the purpose of intra-EU travel. The EC noted that the validity period takes into account guidance from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control recommending booster jabs at the latest six months after the completion of the first vaccination cycle, adding that EU digital Covid certificates would remain valid for a grace period of an additional three months beyond those six months "to ensure that national vaccination campaigns can adjust and citizens will have access to booster doses".

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