Hungary’s western neighbour has announced that only those vaccinated with western vaccines can apply for an immunity certificate. Anyone who has been inoculated with the Chinese Sinopharm or the Russian Sputnik V vaccines are not entitled to get a green card in Austria. The regulation affects hundreds of thousands of Hungarians.
As the Austrian news portal Kleinezeitung reports, the Ministry of Health has indicated that only vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency will be accepted in Austria.
Accordingly, only those people are entitled to get the Austrian immunity certificate who have been vaccinated with Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Those who have been inoculated with these vaccines are allowed to go to the local cafés, restaurants, hotels and beaches. However, there are different rules for those who have chosen the Chinese Sinopharm or Russian Sputnik V vaccines.
In their case, a negative test is mandatory in order to visit any of the above places in the country.
As the Hungarian news portal Pénzcentrum reports, the freshly introduced regulation on the Austrian immunity certificate affects hundreds of thousands of Hungarians who have been inoculated with Sinopharm or Sputnik V vaccines.
As an explanation, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein explained that he would not recommend revaccination to those who had received an Eastern vaccine because there was not enough scientific data on the health effects of revaccination. So, for the time being, they also have to prove their immunity with a negative test if they want to go to a restaurant, café or use any other services in Austria.