Registrations for Sputnik V vaccinations have reopened thanks to more doses being available, István György, state secretary responsible for vaccination, announced. Registered individuals should have already received an SMS notification about an available timeslot for vaccination.
In the operative board’s press conference, György announced that the 200,000 most recent Russian vaccine doses would be designated to people via text message. He did not specify who they will be notifying, but that they will have already registered those individuals’ TAJ numbers for specific appointments in the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) database.
Sputnik V registration comes as an addition to the foundational availability of Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccination appointments. The Russian vaccine’s track record shows that most Hungarians are willing to be vaccinated with it.
333,450 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine have also arrived to Hungary, but the majority of these will be used on registered 16-18-year-olds, since that is the only vaccine they are eligible for. There are a small number of Pfizer doses being sent to general practitioners for general inoculation, but their number is unknown.
Another shipment of Moderna’s vaccine is due to arrive on Thursday, meant for second-dose vaccinations. while its total quantity is unknown, 30,000 doses will be given to general practitioners, while 6 thousand doses will be given to elderly care homes for those who have recently registered.
A small number of Janssen vaccines are also in use in Hungary’s smaller settlements.
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