Coronavirus-related restrictions will remain in place for Hungarians without immunity certificates until August, according to the prime minister’s chief of staff.
Gergely Gulyás told a government press briefing that the certificates would continue to be required to attend concerts and festivals, use restaurant or hotel services and participate in sports events “during the coming months”. Hungarians returning from other countries no longer need to isolate if they have the certificate, he said, adding that the measure was being extended to minors in their company. Vaccination continues to be free and voluntary, with appointments available online for AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sputnik V. Moderna and Pfizer will be administered as they arrive, he said, adding that the 330,000 doses scheduled to arrive next week will be set aside for 16-18 year olds as well as for second jabs.
Thanks to its vaccination drive, Hungary has been able to break out of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and become the first country in Europe “to regain its freedom”, Gulyás said, adding that some one million people, about 80% of those registered, have already received at least the first jab.