The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is calling for the immediate inoculation of kindergarten and créche staff with a Covid-19 vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a party leader said at an online press conference on Saturday.
Judit Földi Rácz said “complete vaccination chaos reigns” in Hungary. “Orbán’s people are inoculating football players, while kindergarten and créche staff are with their kids day after day without any defence,” she added. She noted that DK earlier pressed for teachers to be among the first to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. As no Covid-19 vaccination has been approved for small children, she said, it’s important for people caring for them to be inoculated.
DK also said it is launching a petition demanding that people be allowed to pick the Covid-19 vaccine they prefer without being put at any disadvantage. Gergely Arató, the deputy leader of the opposition party’s parliamentary group, told an online press conference on Sunday that the petition had become necessary after governing Fidesz rejected DK’s bill on the matter in parliament. He said that “we European Hungarians” demand that the government allow people to decide which vaccination they trust.
“Those 133 brave people who let themselves be inoculated with a Chinese vaccine that hasn’t been reviewed and hasn’t been licenced by the European Medicines Agency are welcome to do so if they have so much faith in the vaccine,” he added.
In a response to Arató’s remarks, ruling Fidesz said the “parties of the Gyurcsány list” are “stirring up distrust in vaccines, even though people are dying because they’re in short supply”. Fidesz dubbed DK’s initiative a “campaign of death”.