New rules on vaccination certificates will be unveiled in a few days in Hungary

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The cabinet announced a new vaccination campaign for January where Hungarians will be able, after registering on site, to request their first, second or third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The injections will be administered at the vaccination sites between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

István György said Hungarians could get vaccinated at 101 hospitals and 115 specialist clinics, adding that GPs also administer doses.

He said more than 135,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered over three days on the first weekend of the vaccination campaign and 142,000 on the second weekend. He added that it was encouraging that nearly 20,000 people took their first shot.

Encouraging? Actually it depends. Considering that the 7-day average of 1st hits delivered is less than 3,800, this can be called encouraging. In all other respects, this is an awfully low number.

Also note that the figures shared by György are for four days (Thursday to Sunday) rather than just the three days of the “vaccination campaign”. If we add the blows administered from Thursday to Saturday, we see that just over 101,000 blows were given. But let’s be generous here and count all the doses that were administered from Thursday to Sunday.

The government recently decided that the immunity certificate will be renamed the vaccination certificate and it will only be valid with three doses or if the 2nd dose was given no more than six months earlier.

information about the vaccination certificate will be published in a few days,

he said.

The consensus of medical science is that over time the body’s immunity level declines, while it increases to around 90% with the third dose, he said. “We should not rely on the assumption that immunity acquired through infection is sufficient,” he warned. According to medical protocol, those who have been infected and have not yet received their vaccine are advised to “get vaccinated immediately after they recover”, he added.

He also said the government had addressed the issue of a fourth dose (second booster). A fourth shot will be available for

  • old people,
  • the chronically ill,
  • people on immunosuppressive treatment and transplant recipients,
  • and in disease groups listed by the Ministry of Human Capability.

György also said children aged 5 to 11 had received around 67,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Although he did not mention it, it is good to know that it covers just over 10% of the age group. He pointed out that vaccine shipments continue to arrive in Hungary, and even now there are enough doses to inoculate more than 50,000 children.

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