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Feb 04, 2021

Vaccination of Hungarian army staff will start soon

The inoculation of armed forces and defense ministry employees will start once healthcare staff and social workers have received the vaccine.

 

Defense Minister Tibor Benkő has confirmed that the vaccination of Hungarian army staff will start soon.

In line with the vaccination plan drawn up by the operative board responsible for handling the pandemic, the inoculation of armed forces and defense ministry employees will start once healthcare staff and social workers have received the vaccine.

Minister Benkő said service members serving in hospitals and army healthcare employees working in the Honvéd hospital have already received the jab along with all other healthcare workers. The ministry is providing jabs to all service members to be administered at 22 vaccination centers. So far the army has seen 4,000 infections and three staff members have died after contracting the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that almost three times as many people have been vaccinated as the number of those currently infected with the virus. She said laboratory tests have so far identified 22 cases of the UK variant of the virus in Hungary, adding that mutations originating from South Africa and Brazil have not yet been detected.

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