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So far, 4.11 million Hungarians have registered for coronavirus vaccinations, and 64 percent of them have received at least their first jab, the state secretary heading the central team in charge of the vaccination programme said on Tuesday.

István György welcomed the steady rise in the number of registrations. Fully 1.5 million registered were older than 65, and 1.4 million people overall have fully inoculated, he said.

Patients in the highest risk groups have also received their shots, and most GPs are under way vaccinating active age adults, he added. Some 2.13 million people in the 18-59 age group have registered, and over 800,000 have been inoculated, he said, adding that each registered person would get a shot “within weeks”.

Fully 178,000 teachers were given preferential shots in two rounds, representing 80 percent of the profession, György said, adding shots would be administered to a further 30,000 teachers.

Cecilia Müller, the chief medical officer, underlined that the third wave of the pandemic had reached its plateau, with “some indicators showing a slight decrease”, but warned that the virus was becoming more infectious and “the danger is not expected to have receded in the near future”.

She noted that the Janssen vaccine had arrived in Hungary this morning, so that now there are six types of vaccine available in the country.

Hungary Will Not Alter Sinopharm Vaccination
Hungary Will Not Alter Sinopharm Vaccination

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller announced on Monday’s government coronavirus briefing that Hungary will not be changing its Sinopharm vaccination protocol, despite a Chinese official recognizing the low efficacy rate of the vaccine, then a day later refuting media claims that it is ineffective. According to the Chief Medical Officer, there is currently no reason […]Continue reading

Müller encouraged people to register in order to avoid crowds from being formed at vaccination points.

featured image illustration via János Vajda/MTI