Some countries have already introduced plans to give the most vulnerable people a 4th dose of the Coronavirus vaccine. Now, Hungary’s health professionals are evaluating the severity of the pandemic situation: should we also introduce the 4th jab?
“Hungary’s health experts are assessing who should be administered a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine,” the leading infectologist of Budapest’s South Pest Central Hospital said on Saturday.
Janos Szlavik told public news channel M1 that countries that have started administering fourth jabs are recommending it to people older than 60, those with chronic health conditions, cancer patients, and immunocompromised people.
He said three vaccine doses were guaranteed to prevent hospitalisation or severe illness for those who contract the virus’s Omicron variant.
Meanwhile, defence ministry state secretary Szilard Nemeth told a press conference on Saturday that 52,000 jabs have been administered on Hungary’s mobile vaccination buses over the last ten months.
“Healthcare workers have inoculated 32,000 people in 136 more isolated locations across 16 counties on the vaccination buses so far,” he said.
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These vaccination buses are highly effective in getting vaccines to those living in remote places. As Szilárd Németh shared it on his Facebook page, the Hungarian Defence Forces’ vaccination buses participate in the government’s vaccination programme.
On Saturday, the inhabitants of Sóshartyán and eight other villages in Nógrád County got a dose of the vaccine. At a press conference he held at the scene, Németh said that the Hungarian Defence Forces have five vaccination buses.
These vaccination buses have been in operation for ten months. Last year, on 27 March, they were put to work for the first time in the village of Nőtincs in Nógrád County.
Hungarian health experts are assessing the situation and soon deciding about who should get a 4th dose of the vaccine. As Telex reported, Viktor Orbán shared some details on Friday:
“We think that the third dose is a very strong immunity booster, we strongly recommend it to everyone. But if you feel that you need a dose and it’s been at least four months since the third one, you can get it. And after six months, we recommend that you do it.”
He added that it is important to always consult your own local GP first and only take the 4th dose if the doctor advises you to.
With this statement, Hungary is the first country to offer the 4th jab to everyone who wishes to get it.
Source: Index, Telex, MTI, facebook.com/nemeth.szilard.fidesz