Briefing notes

COVID-19 Update: Easing of restrictions depends on vaccinations

The vaccination is the only way out of the current difficult situation, PM Orbán said.

According to experts, we are close to the peak of the third wave, and the numbers are extremely bad, said Gergely Gulyás, the minister leading the Prime Minister’s Office; he added that it is not yet time to ease the restrictions. 

The most important task now is vaccination, so we must procure vaccines from everywhere. If enough people are vaccinated, there will be no fourth wave, he said. 

In Europe, with the exception of Malta, we have vaccinated the most so far in proportion to the population. Everyone has to follow the rules and maintain social distancing, he said. Also, if more people get vaccinated, the restrictions will last weeks instead of months, Gulyás pointed out. 

The government will decide about the easing of measures and what rights holders of vaccination certificates will have based on the results of the National Consultation, he continued.

The government is thinking of a multi-stage restart, linking the conditions of reopening to the vaccination rate. The Operative Corps met today, and PM Orbán announced an extension of the current measures for another week during his morning interview on Kossuth Radio. 

PM Orbán previously said that more than 3 million people have already registered for the coronavirus vaccination in Hungary; it is the “only way out of the current difficult situation,” he stressed. 

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