Hungary’s government has approved the vaccination of 12-16-year-olds against Covid-19, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a press briefing on Thursday.
The government will not organise a vaccination drive for this age group, the prime minister said, adding that it will be up to parents to decide whether they want their children to be inoculated.
Parents who want their children to get the shot will have to register as they would for their own vaccination, and the jabs will be administered at vaccination points, Orbán said.
Those who miss second jab to be stripped of immunity certificate
Hungarians who miss their second Covid-19 vaccine dose will have their immunity certificates revoked, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said.
The 137,000 people who have failed to return for the second jab will have their immunity certificate deleted from the official register, losing the privileges that come with it, the prime minister said.
Orbán: Hungary has more vaccines than applicants for inoculation
Hungary is the only European Union member state that has more Covid-19 jabs available than people registering to get inoculated, PM Orbán said.
As long as there is a shortage of vaccines, it is the state’s responsibility to put an end to it. However, if there are more jabs than applicants for inoculation, it is the responsibility of individuals to register for inoculation, Orbán told a press briefing.
The prime minister asked all to grasp the opportunity as the epidemic would only be over for those who have got themselves inoculated.
Hungary has overcome the third wave of the pandemic, with an accelerating rate of decline in the number of new infections and a low level of positive tests, he said.
In terms of the inoculation rate, Hungary fares excellently, holding second place in terms of the first jab and the first place in terms of the second jab, Orbán said, dding that Hungary will transition from mass vaccinations to “standby” vaccinations from next week.
Contributors to response efforts to get ten-day leave
Those who contributed to Hungary’s Covid-19 response efforts will get a paid leave of ten days, the Prime Minister said.
“This is the least they deserve,” Orbán emphasized.
The decree specifying the scope of recipients will be published later today, he said.
Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said workers would not have the option of accepting overtime pay instead of taking the time off, as the purpose of the measure was to give them a chance to rest.
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