Only half of Hungary’s citizens invited to get the jab, show up

One in two people notified by GPs to get the vaccine show up, according to Béla Merkely, rector of the Semmelweis Medical University. [Shutterstock/GagoDesign]

One in two people notified by their family doctors to get the vaccine show up, according to Béla Merkely, rector of the Semmelweis Medical University.

Drawing attention to the third coronavirus wave on the radio on Monday, Merkely said “each rejection of a vaccine greatly increases the likelihood of infection,” Telex reported via state news agency MTI.

According to Merkely, the healthcare sector is already feeling the effects of the third wave as COVID-19 wards and intensive care units are getting crowded and the number of people on ventilators is constantly growing. However, capacity remains and with healthcare workers now being vaccinated, the situation is better than during the first wave, he added. 

According to the rector, several new viral mutations are “perhaps even more prevalent” among middle-aged and young people, often causing severe pneumonia.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)

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