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Some 185,000 students have been inoculated against Covid-19 in Hungary over the summer, and another 50,000 have registered for the government’s vaccination campaign in early September, a government official said.

István György, a state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office who also heads the national vaccination working group, said that the vaccination rate among teachers was at 85 percent.

Despite those results, the government will strive to further raise the number of vaccinated children as they can also pass on the disease, he said.

While 66 percent of Hungarians have already received the vaccine, the “worrying” spread of the virus’s delta variant worldwide means Hungary has to brace for the fourth wave, György said. The government is conducting vaccination campaigns in elderly care homes and among schoolchildren, György said.

The government expects in-person educate on will be possible throughout the year, and has not ordered a mask mandate or temperature checks in schools, he said.

Gov't Prepares for In-Person Public Education Despite Hungary Nearing Fourth Covid Wave
Gov't Prepares for In-Person Public Education Despite Hungary Nearing Fourth Covid Wave

While some experts warn that the beginning of the school year could seriously boost the severity of the fourth Covid wave in Hungary, the government seems to be optimistic.Continue reading

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