Starting November 1, new government decrees come into force that make facemasks mandatory on public transportation, curtail visitation at health care institutions, and leave the decision on whether to make vaccines required at the workplace at the discretion of employers.

But Gyula Kincses, President of the Hungarian Medical Association (MOK), thinks this action should have been take earlier, telling Mfor.hu that “it’s not true that the vaccine in itself can solve everything, or facemasks on their own, or social distancing, or personal hygiene. These all work together effectively.”

Since increasing the number of vaccinated is vital, MOK supports the government involving employers. Facemasks, however, should have been mandated more widely, and not just on public transportation but in all indoor spaces, said Kincses.

According to the MOK President, the data shows that even those who have been vaccinated can infect others, even without realizing it, as they may be asymptomatic. However, the unvaccinated that they infect can die from transmission of the virus. [444]

By Steven