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People in Hungary who do not have TAJ cards still cannot reserve time slots for their vaccination. In the government’s most recent press conference on Thursday, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás said this issue may only be resolved by “altering” the National eHealth Infrastructure’s (EESZT) website or by individually calling these people when vaccination opportunities open up.

While people who do not have a Hungarian health (TAJ) card have been able to register for vaccination since May first, eeszt.gov.hu prohibits them from reserving a vaccination appointment on the EESZT website.

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For example, the recent 199 thousand doses of Pfizer-BioNTech which were made available for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday appointments can only be accessed if one has a TAJ number, since this is the only way one can reserve an appointment.

Gergely Gulyás did not say when people without TAJ numbers will be able to schedule their vaccinations, but he suggested that the website will either removed the TAJ number requirement, or people will simply be called when a vaccination opportunity becomes available.

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The minister reasoned that the goal was to vaccinate Hungarians first. It is not out of question, however, that many of these people are Hungarians who recently migrated to Hungary from the diaspora or other parts of the Carpathian Basin, but may not have received their TAJ numbers yet.

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