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Hungary launches walk-in Covid vaccination drive across the country

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  • We Love Budapest

22/11/2021 2.26pm

This week, all 101 hospitals across Hungary are vaccinating people with no appointments necessary. Starting today, Monday 22 November, between 7am and 7pm, doctors will be giving injections on a first-come, first-served basis. The initiative runs until Sunday, 28 November.

Whether it’s for your first, second or third vaccination, this week you can go to one of 101 hospitals around Hungary, including 40 in Budapest, and receive one of five vaccines. The doctor will advise whether it’s best if this is AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer or Sinopharm – you may also request, depending on availability. Sputnik is not being offered.

See basic details here. To find out where vaccination points are, click on Oltópontok halfway down this Hungarian-language page and an Excel spreadsheet appears, giving all locations. The whole service is free and masks must be worn.

Photo: Koronavirus.gov.hu/Facebook

As the page also details, those looking to be vaccinated should bring with them their ID and Hungarian TAJ-kártya, the national health insurance card. If you don’t have a Hungarian TAJ-kártya, then go to your nearest kormányablak, your local district governmental office – locations are given on a map here – and ask for honosítás/naturalisation for your earlier vaccination certificates obtained abroad.

If you have no Hungarian TAJ-kártya and no previous vaccination certificates but have been living here for at least 90 days in the last 180, then you can still go to your nearest local district governmental office and ask to enter the local vaccination process.

Either online or in person before the vaccination, everyone must also fill out a statement of consent, hozzájáruló nyilatkozat, which is available in English format here. It is near the top of the page: Hozzájáruló nyilatkozat szomszédos országokból érkezőknek: Hozzájáruló nyilatkozat / Statement of consent.

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