From November 22-28, a vaccination action week will be held at the vaccination centers of Hungary’s hospitals between 7 am and 7 pm. Increased vaccination capacities are being offered throughout the country, especially in Budapest, and an appointment is no longer required for the first, second, or third vaccination. Unvaccinated people can also go to the vaccination center without pre-registration. In this case, they will be registered on the spot, according to koronavirus.gov.hu. Long lines have already been reported at some sites. In Hungary, a total of 6,017,807 have currently been vaccinated at least once.
This article was originally published on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translated by Júlia Tar.
A long line of people formed outside the building at the vaccination site of a hospital in the 11th district, as reported to Index. At the teaching hospital of St. Imre University, so many people want to be vaccinated that a long line formed in front of the building even before it opened at 6:45 in the morning.
As mentioned, the Immunization Action Week is taking place from Monday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at hospital immunization clinics and in some communities, outpatient care clinics. Vaccinations are available at 101 county and city hospitals between 7 am and 7 pm. Hospitals are preparing for Immunization Week with increased capacity, and the number of vaccination sites in Budapest is being increased.
Five different vaccines are available at hospital vaccination centers: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and Sinopharm. Sputnik has already been out of stock.
“The most important thing is for the unvaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible because the delta variant mutation now circulating in Hungary is spreading rapidly, it is very dangerous and can cause serious diseases in the unvaccinated,” according to the government’s central website, which also lists vaccination sites.
Those wishing to be vaccinated should bring their identification documents (ID card, social security card) and, in the case of second and third vaccinations, proof of previous vaccination. It speeds up the vaccination process if those already vaccinated bring a printed, completed, and signed consent form (this is also required for the third vaccination). One should also wear a mask during the vaccination.
During Immunization Week, children aged 12-17 who have not yet been vaccinated may also be vaccinated; in this case, parental accompaniment is recommended and parental consent through a form is also required.
Doctors can help select the appropriate vaccine
Although the government’s website specifically emphasizes that doctors help select vaccines, several of our readers have reported that patients can ask for one of their choosing. It was reported that those waiting were already asked in the hallway by an assistant which vaccine they wanted, but we also heard from someone, who after two Astra Zeneca vaccines, was offered the same one for the third time.
Rector of Semmelweis University gave opinion on best vaccine
During the nationwide Immunization Week, Semmelweis University’s four immunization centers will operate at significantly increased capacity, the University wrote in a statement.
With the exception of Sputnik V, all vaccines are available. The best vaccine is the one you have on your arm,”
emphasized Béla Merkely, Rector of the University.
As we previously reported, due to the worsening pandemic situation, the government announced further coronavirus measures last Thursday: starting Saturday, masks will once again be mandatory in enclosed spaces – including shopping malls, stores, and theaters. Masks must be worn during services if more than five people are in a room. Exceptions are the sports venues.
The decision on wearing masks in schools rests with school principals. Events with more than five hundred people may be attended only with a immunization certificate. In the healthcare sector, a third vaccination will be mandatory.
Featured image via Balázs Mohai/MTI