Negotiations on the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates between Slovakia and Hungary began earlier this month. One issue that arose was that the Hungarian certificate does not indicate the type of vaccination received and only the date of the first vaccination. In addition, those who were not vaccinated but have contracted (and recovered from) the disease receive an almost identical vaccination certificate.
Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok said on Monday that his country is expected to accept vaccination with Russia’s Sputnik V, given that the Russian vaccine is authorized in Slovakia. It has been used in Slovakia’s coronavirus vaccination program since Monday, while previously, only Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines were used.
In March, the country signed a contract to purchase 2 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine, of which 200,000 doses have been delivered so far. The vaccine, on which the Slovak Pharmacovigilance Authority (SÚKL) did not issue a complete expert opinion for months for various reasons, was finally tested with the help of Hungary.
According to Slovakia’s National Health Information Center (NCZI), the number of people who have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine was 1,821,000 out of the 5.5 million population. Nearly 952,000 people have already received a second dose as well.