According to Balkan Insight, “After receiving the first batches of the vaccine acquired by Brussels, EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe on Sunday started COVID-19 vaccination campaigns with symbolic ceremonies that left images of hope following months of fear. As in the rest of the EU, health workers, politicians and civil society leaders trying to dispel popular distrust of vaccines were chosen to take the first jabs in symbolic ceremonies designed to kickstart national vaccination campaigns across the region.
COVID-19 vaccine considerations for Hungary
- Can employers mandate the vaccine?
- Who will control delivery of the vaccine?
- Who covers the cost of the vaccine?
- Where will people get vaccinated?
Government designated vaccination locations
- Is there cultural resistance to getting the vaccine?
A little, because the COVID-19 vaccine is so new
As vaccination is voluntary, legally employer cannot mandate it. But the employer is obliged to assess the biological risks to the health and safety of workers; depending on the estimate, the employer must specify in writing the number of workers who require special protective measures, in particular the provision of vaccinations. If the estimate shows a risk to the health and safety of the worker from exposure to biological agents for which there is an effective vaccination, then the employer must offer the worker a specific vaccination as a condition of employment. The worker must be informed of the advantages and disadvantages of not being vaccinated. If, on the basis of the estimate, the employer prescribes the need for vaccination in a certain job, he is also obliged to provide the vaccination and its costs. Although we do not yet know exactly in which jobs the COVID vaccine will be recommended.
The website of the National Center for Public Health shows the vaccination plan, which divides the Hungarian population into 7 groups, which would be vaccinated in the following order:
1) Healthcare workers
2) Workers and recipients of social benefits
3) Over 60 years of age
4) Law enforcement officers who come into direct contact with the public in the course of their work.
5) People aged 18-59 with high-risk underlying / comorbidities
6) Critical infrastructure workers
7) The others, ie all 18-59 year olds who do not belong to the above risk groups
Hungary began rolling out the coronavirus vaccine in December. So far, 1,1 Million people have received their first vaccine, and 317 K have been fully inoculated. The authorities want to speed up the rate of vaccinations, and the aim is for everyone who has registered in advance to receive the vaccine by Easter that means totally 2,5 Million people
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This information is provided by MAI CEE, Asinta's partner in Hungary.
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Page last modified: March 10, 2021
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