Recent instructions by the head of the Parliament’s Office under which people working in Parliament must be inoculated against Covid-19 apply to officials and employees of the national assembly but not to the lawmakers, parliament’s press chief told MTI in a statement.
Zoltán Szilágyi said that the instructions “cannot include such stipulations”. Szilágyi was reacting to press reports suggesting that MPs were required to receive the jab.
The new rule of the Parliament’s Office will not cause significant problems since no lawmaker announced yet that they did not accept the vaccine – Magyar Narancs said yesterday. Even the representatives of the Hungarian far-right party, Our Homeland (Mi Hazánk), which is fighting against mandatory vaccination, accepted the jab this spring.
Hungarians who received their second Covid shots more than four months ago should get a booster jab, the chief medical officer said on the sidelines of a lecture in Brussels late on Wednesday. Cecília Müller said that the level of antibodies could decrease six months after the second dose, a loss which the booster “could fully compensate for, raising the level back to an original 80-90 percent”.
Müller said that all vaccines applied in Hungary were safe and effective.
She added that the novel coronavirus could quickly produce new variants and “the possibility that a repeat shot could be required as frequently as every six months cannot be excluded”.