Asked about whether online education could make a comeback, Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, said: “if schools stop, everything stops”. Conditions are in place for classrooms to remain open, he said. Pending the decision of the European authorities, approval for vaccination of children under the age of 12 years could arrive in December, he added.
Commenting on statements made by Péter Márki-Zay, the opposition alliance’s prime ministerial candidate, who has cast doubt on the government’s scheme to regulate utility bills, Gulyás, referring to the former Socialist prime minister, said “Ferenc Gyurcsány’s candidate” had admitted to continue with policies pursued between 2002 and 2010 when the price of electricity doubled and the price of gas tripled. The average Hungarian household would pay 400,000 forints more each year if market prices were passed on to them.
Asked in more detail about vaccination, he said the government would work towards making sure that state administration staff who are in contact with the public will have had three vaccinations.
Concerning teachers, no decision has been made regarding booster shots.
The vaccination rate among teachers is around 87 percent, he added.
Márki said it was worth holding events that are accessible using an immunity card, adding that this would also send a message that inoculation is truly protective.
Meanwhile, Hungary, he confirmed, is sending ten doctors to Slovenia to help amid the serious epidemic there.