Entering special passports is a waste of money from the budget, because the disclosure of the transfer of the disease is a personal matter, and a certificate is enough to confirm vaccination, State Duma deputy, former chief sanitary doctor of Russia, epidemiologist Gennady Onishchenko told the VZGLYAD newspaper.
According to a survey by the SuperJob portal, more than half of Russians (59% of respondents) opposed the introduction of covid passports for those who have had coronavirus infection or who have been vaccinated. Most explain this decision by the preservation of medical confidentiality.
“The experience we have in dealing with epidemics is enormous. For the vaccination, a special medical uniform has been installed that meets international requirements and is recognizable in all countries, since the vaccination certificates have been certified by the World Health Organization,”says Onishchenko.
He explains that a vaccination certificate is sufficient.
“With regard to the record of the transferred illness, this is a personal matter of every citizen, it cannot be obliged to record it somewhere. That is, medical documents are a personal secret of Russians, and nothing can be done without their knowledge. But what drug was used for the vaccination (series, type of vaccination, date of administration, etc.) - yes, it could be written down,”the doctor said.
The epidemiologist emphasizes that the introduction of special passports, in his opinion, is a waste of money from the budget, which is not necessary.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the topic of introducing these passports is still being discussed only at the level of experts, and there is no single point of view on this issue.
Earlier, the ombudsman for human rights in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova called the introduction of "antique passports" a timely and necessary measure in the fight against the pandemic. Nevertheless, she noted that in this case, questions arise about the protection of the rights of citizens who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons.