The chief medical officer will contact pensioners by post, sending them a registration form and a stamped addressed envelope, Gergely Gulyás said. An internet site for registration by members of the public will be accessible at vakcinainfo.gov.hu from next week. He said vaccinations organised by the state will be on a voluntary basis, adding that news reports of non-state-run vaccination schemes were false. Hungarian requests have been submitted to an additional two vaccine manufacturers, he noted, adding that Pfizer’s vaccine shipments to Europe could be delayed by months. “This shows that if we want as much of the vaccines available as soon as possible, we must reserve available vaccines from wherever we can, both in the East and the West. This is the only way to avoid a third wave of the epidemic.”
The prime minister will hold consultations with epidemiologists, doctors and business chambers before a decision is made on new measures planned to enter force on Dec. 11 after the expiry of current restrictions, he added.