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Opposition Parties Accuse Gov’t of Using Vaccine Registration for Data Collection

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.02.18.

The opposition parties have accused the government of using the vaccine registration system for “data collection” and called on it to come up with a clear action plan to restart the country “instead of propaganda consultation”.

The Democratic Coalition (DK), Jobbik, LMP, Momentum, MSZP (Socialists) and Párbeszéd parties said in a joint statement on Thursday that the National Consultation survey, seeking the public’s opinion on issues regarding the reopening, is accessible at vakcinainfo.gov.hu, the website also used for vaccine registration.

The government “has made the vaccine registration system part of its election preparation”, the statement said.

Voters submitting data on the registration site “agree to turning their data over to [Cabinet Minister] Antal Rogán’s propaganda ministry and Idomsoft, the company running the election system software”, the statement said.

The parties called on the government to “stop collecting data” from Hungarian citizens and to publish a clear action plan on restarting the country and on helping companies hard hit by the crisis, rather than conducting a “propaganda consultation”.

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The government’s National Consultation survey on conditions for lifting restrictions after the coronavirus epidemic has gotten under way. In the survey which consists of only seven questions, the government seeks the public’s opinion on whether the country should be reopened gradually or in one fell swoop once the epidemic has subsided. Opinions are also sought […]Continue reading

They also called for guarantees for free choice of vaccine. No one should suffer discrimination for wanting a vaccine they trust more, the statement said. The government’s “jumbled communication” on vaccines and the changes made by government decrees to long-standing professional procedures have undermined public trust in vaccines, it said.

Featured photo illustration via LMP’s Facebook page