Hungary’s inoculation plan is coming to fruition, as vaccines are set to be shipped to every family doctor clinic around the nation by the end of the week. The vaccination of the elderly and the most vulnerable must be efficient and quick, because the coronavirus’ infection rate is projected to take an unwanted turn.
In the most recent press conference of Hungary’s Coronavirus Taskforce, Szabolcs Békássy announced that by the end of this week, there will be no family doctor clinic in Hungary which does not receive vaccines.
All Family Doctors Will Be Involved in Hungary’s Vaccination Process
Békássy said those with a chronic illness will be vaccinated at 2,040 different clinics with the AstraZeneca vaccine, while the elderly will be vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at 2,964 different clinics.
Alongside AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna, the Sputnik vaccine has also been authorized by Hungarian authorities, and will be used at 560 clinics in Budapest.
Many people have been calling their family doctors, asking about vaccination. Békássy said that doctors receive a new list of people for vaccination every week, and asked people who are given a vaccination timeslot to arrive on time when they are called for inoculation.
Regarding the fake news around vaccines, Békássy said that it is best if people listen only to trusted, reliable sources, such as their doctors.
Békássy also thanked doctors for their cooperation so far in facilitating the vaccination process, with 10 thousand at-risk people to be inoculated in the current phase, as well as a total of 30,000 elderly people set to be inoculated at vaccination points.
Chief Medical Officer Warns of Increase in Infections
In the same press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that although coronavirus cases are still stagnating, they are projected to take a negative turn.
The government does not yet know the cause for the worrying curve in cases. Müller said this could be the start of a third wave, or it could simply be the more infectious UK variant taking effect in Hungary.
Some municipalities around the country are considering loosening their pandemic restrictions, but given current data, Müller advises against this.
János Szlávik, chief infectologist at the South-Pest Hospital Center, told Kossuth Rádió that it is likely due to the new strain of the coronavirus which was first located in the United Kingdom that the infection rate is growing suddenly.
Szlávik said that it is imperative for everyone to be vaccinated as soon as possible, since new mutations of the virus could spread faster and cause different symptoms.
So far 292, 627 people have been vaccinated in Hungary, among them 113, 570 have received their second inoculation. For those who have received their second vaccination, Müller says quarantine is no longer mandatory.
The next shipments of vaccines to Hungary include 45, 600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 21, 600 more of the Moderna vaccine.
In the featured photo, Erzsébet Garay, a family doctor from Gyula, shows AstraZeneca British-Swedish pharmaceutical company’s and Oxford Univeristy’s coronavirus vaccine at the Békés Megye government office on February 10, 2021. Featured photo by Péter Lehoczky/MTI