The vaccination of healthcare workers against Covid-19 will start on December 27, with 5,500 doses of vaccine expected to arrive from the EU within days and further shipments to follow soon after.
According to MTI, Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said doctors and nurses providing intensive care to coronavirus patients will be the first to be inoculated.
The government is also in talks with other vaccine producers, too, including China and Russia. Gulyás hoped that “significant amounts” of the Chinese vaccine could be available once it was licensed. The goal is to ensure that the country has “effective and tested” vaccines, he said, adding that the government has so far reserved 17.5 million doses. He also encouraged residents to register for vaccination.
The government will maintain current restrictions until at least January 11 but curfew restrictions will be suspended for Christmas Eve, he noted. In response to a question, he said the current special legal order will expire on February 7, but can be extended by the government for 15 days, and then by parliament which will again meet following February 15.
Gulyás also said that Hungary has banned all passenger air services from the UK, following the example of most European Union countries.