53 percent of Hungary's adult-age population now inoculated

Hungary is striving to conclude as many bilateral agreements on immunity certificates as possible.

Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister's Office, said that nearly 2 million first shots were administered in the past four weeks, with 53 percent of the adult-age population now inoculated.

The minister said reopening the country continues apace, and services suspended since March are now available to certificate holders. The government’s national consultation on reopening the country shows that some 65 percent of the 500,000 respondents backed the immunity certificate bringing certain advantages.

Regarding international debates on the efficacy of vaccines, Gulyás said it was “easy to see the business interests behind certain opinions posing as professional arguments.” Hungary has subjected all vaccines to rigorous scrutiny, and “everyone can rest assured all available vaccines are safe and effective,” he said.

Gulyás said that countries only currently accept their own certificates automatically. But Hungary is striving to conclude as many bilateral agreements on the matter as possible. Countries entering into such agreements will accept all vaccines used in Hungary, he said. “Southern states have made it clear they would allow everyone to enter” in the summer, Gulyás insisted.