Five million Hungarians are expected to have received at least their first jab on the week after the Pentecost holiday, the last week of May, the prime minister’s chief of staff said on Thursday.
“With this in sight, the cabinet will at its meeting next week discuss easing further pandemic-related restrictions,” Gergely Gulyás told his regular weekly press briefing held online.
Gulyás said that under the government’s plan, Hungarian citizens living abroad will also be entitled to receive a Hungarian immunity certificate.
Hungarian citizens inoculated against Covid-19 in any member state of the European Union, NATO or the OECD, and in Russia or China can apply to obtain a Hungarian immunity certificate after submitting a certificate of their inoculation to Hungarian authorities, he said.
Thanks to using both Western and Eastern vaccines, Hungary’s vaccination plan is one or two months ahead of other European countries, the prime minister’s chief of staff told a regular press briefing on Thursday.
“Although restrictions regarding immunity certificates will remain in place until August, we may have a relatively normal summer,” Gergely Gulyás said.
Those only accepting Western vaccines will also be inoculated by end of June the latest, Gulyás said.
Five million people have registered for vaccination already, and another 260,000 people working in health care and law enforcement, as well as the residents of elderly care homes, have been vaccinated without registration, he said.
Gulyás noted the WHO’s decision to recommend the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use, saying the decision “vindicated” Hungary’s use of the vaccine as a safe and tested substance that provides the necessary protection.
The Hungarian government trusts that the European Union will quickly approve its plan for the use of the EU’s recovery fund to allow a speedy restart of the economy, Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, told a regular press briefing on Thursday.
The government’s plan on using the funds received through the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility (RFF), which the government submitted to the EU at the end of April, will be published on the government’s website within a few days, Gulyás said.
The main objectives remain the same, with 34 percent of the funds going towards health-care development, Gulyás said. Education, another high-priority sector, will get over 20 percent of the funds, he added.
The RFF monies will serve to boost growth and competitiveness, he said.