Some Russians vexed by vaccine certificates

Regional authorities in Russia are making coronavirus vaccine certificates obligatory for people visiting public places, but some citizens are complaining about being inconvenienced.

Official data show Russia's daily number of new infections is holding steady at around 40,000 amid a slow pace of vaccinations in the country as people do not trust the Russian-made vaccine.

President Vladimir Putin instructed regional leaders last month to step up measures to increase the number of inoculations.

People are now required to present QR codes that show they have been vaccinated to visit restaurants, bars and commercial sites.

In the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, authorities expanded the QR code obligation on Wednesday.

Now citizens have to present the codes when they visit hotels and commercial sites, in addition to eating and drinking establishments.

Local officials are visiting these places to make sure that the measure is in place.

Some citizens are complaining that the vaccine verification is disrupting their everyday life.

A man says he cannot do anything without a QR code.

An apparel shop attendant says not everyone has got the codes. She also says new winter clothes are not selling well.