Although a growing number of Hungarian experts have been suggesting it, the Hungarian government seemed reluctant to authorize the fourth Covid-19 vaccine. Now, however, PMO Gergely Gulyás announced that a fourth dose will be available but it will not be compulsory.
Gergely Gyulás said at a press conference today that if someone wants to, they will be able to receive the fourth jab after consulting with a doctor.
The legislation will be published this week. It will not be mandatory, even for healthcare workers. It’s been just 6 months, there’s no telling if they need a new vaccine,”
István György, State Secretary and head of the national vaccination working group, also said that the government’s coronavirus operative board had already been looking into the issue of a fourth vaccination in detail.
Miklós Kásler, the Minister of Human Resources, also said that he is absolutely certain that the need for a fourth vaccine is a possibility, and the health government is taking it into account. Based on immunological studies, it seems that the expected time for the fourth vaccination is not four months after the second vaccination, but longer, but the immunological results will only be known when 4-5 months have passed after the third vaccination and experts can measure the results, Kásler said.
Prior to this, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán commented that he was hopeful the third vaccine dose would prove sufficient enough, otherwise people would soon get tired of constantly getting vaccinated with additional jabs.
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