Orbán makes U–turn on mandatory vaccination

As part of a package of measures that includes wearing masks on public transports and closing down hospitals for visits, the government said employers will have the option to require vaccination as a condition of employment. [EPA-EFE / JOHANNA GERON]

Employers will have the right to require workers to get the COVID jab despite earlier comments by the Hungarian Prime Minister that obligatory vaccinations would not work.

As part of a package of measures that includes wearing masks on public transport and closing hospitals to visitors, the government on Thursday (28 October) said employers will have the option to require vaccination as a condition of employment.

Without giving details, Gergely Gulyás, minister in charge of the prime minister’s office, said that the Hungarian state would also make “wide use” of this option as an employer.

All employers will be granted this right, though individuals could be exempted for health reasons. Those who still refuse to be vaccinated will be sent on unpaid leave and can be fired after a year.

Almost 58% of Hungarians have so far been fully vaccinated according to ECDC data while the EU average stands at 64%.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)

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