Starting this week, Hungarians living outside of Hungary can also register for the coronavirus vaccine in Hungary if they are unable to get vaccinated in the country where they reside. Under the government’s plan, they will also be entitled to receive a Hungarian immunity certificate once inoculated.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán first said in a radio interview in March that the Hungarian government had reserved enough vaccines for 15 million people, because after inoculating the Hungarian population, it wanted to provide vaccination against the coronavirus to Hungarians living outside Hungary.
He later said that by mid-May, there might come a time where everyone who is registered in Hungary will be vaccinated, and then Hungarians from all over the world will be able to receive the vaccination against the coronavirus.
Most recently, the prime minister even encouraged all Hungarians living outside Hungary to register for the coronavirus vaccine as of Monday if for some reason they are unable to get inoculated in their own country.
“In fact, I’d like to encourage Hungarians living outside Hungary to register as of Monday. If anyone from any part of the world – from Tierra del Fuego or Patagonia to Csíkszereda [Miercurea Ciuc] – wants to be vaccinated, but it’s not possible where they live or they simply have more trust in Hungary, they should come here to us. They should register on the dedicated platform, they’ll be given a time and a venue, they can come here and they’ll be vaccinated,” Orbán said in an interview on Friday.
Under the government’s plan, Hungarian citizens living abroad will also be entitled to receive a Hungarian immunity certificate, the prime minister’s chief of staff said last week. This way, they will be entitled to access all services now only available for Hungarian residents with immunity certificates.
The vaccination registration already opened two weeks ago to ethnic Hungarians living in other countries, recently repatriated Hungarians, and foreigners living in Hungary.
The vaccination of foreign residents is about to commence in the second half of May which will then directly be followed by Hungarian nationals living abroad.
Vaccination of Hungarians living outside Hungary could present the most help to Hungarians in Transcarpathia, as Serbia’s vaccination campaign is well underway, while other neighbors of Hungary are EU member states, so their vaccination campaigns are also progressing.
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