Only 35-40 pc of Hungarian healthcare workers asked for the vaccination, based on a report of the country’s public media channel, M1. The first shipment of vaccines arrived in Hungary yesterday, and authorities already started the vaccination process.
Thus, Hungary became the first country in the European Union which started vaccinating its citizens against the coronavirus. Interestingly, the EU wanted all its member states to start the process on December 27, but
Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia ignored that plan.
According to atv.hu, only 35-40 pc of Hungarian healthcare workers want to be vaccinated. They said that most of the big hospitals already received the first shipments of the vaccine. Zita Szondi, the director of the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Hospital, for example, said that they started to inoculate their staff today.
The first shipment of the vaccines crossed the Hungarian border on Saturday at 6 am in Hegyeshalom.
The police protected the shipment until they arrived in Budapest.
As we reported yesterday in THIS photo report, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was first transported to the South Pest Central Hospital. Then, it went to the National Korányi Institute of Pulmonology, to the Semmelweis University Clinic, to the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Hospital in Nyíregyháza, and to the University of Debrecen.
The first shipment of the first authorised coronavirus vaccine in Europe contains 9,750 doses of vaccines, allowing for the vaccination of
4,875 healthcare workers,
given that one person has to be given two vaccinations 21 days apart. According to HVG, the first shipment of vaccines will be followed by new ones in the coming weeks, to continue the vaccination of healthcare workers for several weeks at the same rate. In the first half of 2021, new vaccines are expected to be licensed by the pharmaceutical authorities, and then additional vaccines may arrive in Hungary, with which
the mass vaccination of the population can begin.
The first Hungarian received the vaccine yesterday in the South Pest Central Hospital. Head of department Adrienne Kertész received it from chief infectologist János Szlávik.