Hungary to start vaccinating healthcare workers Dec 27-28

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Hungary will start vaccinating healthcare workers against COVID-19 on December 27 or 28, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a weekly radio interview on Friday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Orbán told Kossuth Rádió enough COVID-19 vaccines would arrive in Hungary for 35,000 people late in December.

Healthcare workers will be vaccinated at the South-Pest Hospital Center and at county hospitals, he said.

Vaccination will be free of charge and voluntary, he added.

Until mass deliveries of vaccine arrive in Hungary, the order of immunization will be determined by the Operative Corps, the body coordinating Hungary's response to the pandemic, Orbán said.

When mass deliveries do arrive, the order of immunization will be determined based on registration, he said, encouraging Hungarians who want to be vaccinated to register at vakcinainfo.gov.hu.

He said plans in place would allow the whole country to be vaccinated in one or two days at venues selected months earlier by the Operative Corps. 

"We are ready with the necessary equipment, the computer databases and the selected venues. The only thing lacking is the vaccine," he added.

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