Russians who are planning vacations in countries with even a favorable epidemiological situation still should be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus before travelling abroad, physician Vladimir Krugly, a member of the Social Policy Committee of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament), told TASS.
"There are countries with a more favorable coronavirus situation, and there are others with a less favorable situation. In the European Union, about 30% of the population has been vaccinated on average, somewhere more, somewhere less. The situation there is more or less favorable, but in some places a growth in new cases is observed as well," he said.
According to the senator, the danger is everywhere, "wherever a person goes," so "one should be vaccinated and take precautions." "Of course, there is a certain risk, but, if a person is vaccinated and if no more than six months have passed since the vaccination, it is minimized. Of course, one should get vaccinated before going [abroad], and I would like to warn those who want to buy a fake [vaccination] certificate in order to travel abroad," Krugly noted.
WHO Representative to Russia Melita Vujnovic earlier told TASS that it was important for Russians to monitor all the risks related to the spread of new COVID-19 strains when planning their summer vacation this year. She stressed that the epidemiological situation in the world was changing very quickly, adding that one person could infect 10 or even 20 people in a crowd.