The purpose of this post is to provide you with information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination in Hungary. For a start, we summarized the key points for you:
- Vaccines are voluntary and free for TAJ card holders.
- You will need two doses to develop immunity.
- If you want to get vaccinated, register here. Find the guide here.
- Do not worry, you might not get an email after registration.
- You should get an email when you are next in line (it might take several weeks/months).
- There are some conditions (e.g. pregnancy, certain allergic reactions) in which the vaccine cannot be given to you. This includes a positive PCR test that was made within 3 months.
- You have the option to book an appointment for a private vaccination (outside of the public healthcare system) in advance here. This comes with some advantages, however, it is not free.
If you are interested in a detailed explanation of the current situation, please continue reading.
As you probably know, COVID-19 vaccinations began in Hungary a few weeks ago. To get the vaccine, you need to register on this site, however, registering does not mean that you will get it immediately. The vaccine is voluntary and free of charge for TAJ card holders. There was no clear communication regarding the vaccination of foreign citizens with a TAJ card and Hungarian address but according to the National Public Health Center if you register, sooner or later you will get the vaccine too.
The government issued a vaccination plan, which defines the order in which certain groups of people will be vaccinated. Healthcare workers, the elderly and many other groups take priority. The point is that if you are not endangered, you are at the end of the line. It might take more time until we get there. Currently, the elderly are being vaccinated.
If you registered for a vaccine, you will get an email when you are next in line. This email should contain the date and place of vaccination and the type of vaccine that will be given to you (you cannot choose). If you do not want to get vaccinated with the type of vaccine you are supposed to get, you have the option to turn down the vaccine but then you will get to the end of the line. Currently, the following four types of vaccines are used in Hungary: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V.
You will need two doses of the vaccine to develop immunity. These should be given 3-4 weeks apart. However, there are some conditions in which the vaccine cannot be given to you. These include pregnancy, certain allergic reactions, an illness with acute fever and a few more. More importantly, if you have a positive PCR test which confirms that you were infected with COVID-19 within 3 months, you cannot get the vaccine. Before the vaccination, you will need to fill out a form to check whether you are eligible or not.
If you want to increase your chances of getting a vaccine as soon as possible, you should consider applying for a vaccine on the site of the National Vaccination Center. You can book an appointment for vaccination in advance and when they get their first doses, you have a chance to get your vaccine from them instead from the public healthcare system. However, the booking costs 5000 HUF (it is refundable if you get the vaccine from elsewhere or you just want to cancel) and the vaccines will have additional costs as well (unknown yet). Another advantage of the “private“ vaccination might be that you will be able to choose from the available types of vaccines.
We hope this post is helpful and clarifies the situation for you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments.
The MedHelp Team