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The government will introduce certificates of immunity from Covid for people who have been inoculated against or recovered from the disease, the prime minister's chief of staff said.

The certificate will be issued to people who have received the second shot of the vaccine, indicating the date on which the second jab was administered, Gergely Gulyás told a weekly press briefing. The document will not have an expiry date as there is not enough information available as to how long immunity lasts after a person has been vaccinated, he said. Further, another kind of certificate will note relevant dates such as a recovered Covid patient’s release from hospital or the tenth day after their first positive PCR test result. Both kinds of certificate will be provided free of charge, he said. Alternatively, a certificate based on results from a certified laboratory will be valid for four months after the lab results are issued, Gulyás said, adding that in this case applicants will 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.