Hungary could achieve herd immunity by summer, expert says

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Hungary could achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus if the country's vaccine rollout proceeds at a proper pace and more people ask to get COVID jabs, the head of the South Pest Central Hospital's infectious diseases department told public media on Saturday.

Dr. János Szlávik acknowledged the impact of inoculating more than 2.5m Hungarians, so far, but said herd immunity would require 60-80% of the population to get the coronavirus vaccine.

He said the public's inclination to get inoculated wanes after some time, as seen in other countries, too, but that tendency could be countered with vaccination campaigns.

The expert also said the first doses of the single-jab Janssen COVID-19 vaccine would be available in Hungary from the coming week.

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