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Gov't gives employers right to require workers get COVID jabs

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Hungary's government has decided to give employers the right to require their workers to be inoculated against the coronavirus, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, said at a weekly press briefing on Thursday.

"Companies and businesses will get the right to require employees to be inoculated as a condition for working if they deem it necessary for the safety of their staff on the premises," Gulyás said.

The state, as an employer, will also apply the measure, he added.

He said the step was recommended by employers' associations.

Gulyás said the government also decided to make mask-wearing mandatory on public transport again from November 1, and to introduce a ban on visitors at hospitals.

He said the decree on the measure will be issued "in 1-2 days". He added that employers will be allowed to require staff to get the first COVID jab by December 15.

The measure will apply only to the first two COVID jabs, not booster jabs, he said.

Employees that can present a certificate from a doctor showing inoculation against the coronavirus would put them at risk because of a health condition will be exempt from the measure, Gulyás said.

If employees without an exemption refuse to be inoculated, employers may put them on unpaid leave; and if the situation remains unchanged after a year, those employees may be terminated, he said.

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