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Hungary mulls mandatory vaccination for some occupations

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Hungary's government is weighing whether inoculation against the coronavirus should be mandatory for some occupations in which getting a jab is "more than a matter of one's own responsibility", Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, said at a weekly press briefing on Thursday.

Gulyás said the government holds provisions in the constitution on people exercising responsibility for themselves to be true, but added that the matter of requiring COVID vaccination in certain professional situations, such as in the healthcare sector, must be weighed.

He said the issue was discussed at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, along with the matter of booster shots and raising the vaccination rate among Hungarians over 60 and between the ages of 12 and 16. He added that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would announce concrete decisions on the matters in a weekly radio interview on Friday.

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