Pfizer delivers another batch of COVID-19 vaccine for children to Hungary

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The fourth shipment of 54,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 years has arrived in Hungary this week.

Children aged 5 to 11 are to receive two doses of the vaccine with a 21-day interval, Pfizer said in a statement, stating that that the organisation of the vaccination programme in Hungary, the planning and procurement of supplies is the responsibility of the Hungarian state and not of the company.

The Coronavirus Press Centre noted in its report on Tuesday morning that "another 54,000 doses of vaccines for children's vaccination have arrived today".

On the special vaccination days (between 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays) shots are administered only to adults and children aged 12 and above. Children aged 5 to 11 may be vaccinated only by prior registration and appointment booking at hospital vaccination points or at general paediatricians, the government information portal said.

Here are the key figures of the 'vaccination campaign' where Hungarians may ask for their jabs with on-site registration.

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István György, state secretary in charge of public affairs at the Prime Minister's Office, has said today children aged 5 to 11 received about 67,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Although he has not mentioned it, it is good to know that this covers slightly more than 10% of the age group. He stressed vaccine shipments continue to arrive in Hungary, and even now there are enough doses to inoculate more than 50,000 children.

62% of Hungary's population have received two coronavirus vaccine shots, but only 35% have been given a booster.

 

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