picture of Péter Márki-Zay

In an interview with TV news RTL Híradó, Péter Márki-Zay said that he is not a supporter of instituting vaccine mandates in Hungary.

The opposition coalition’s prime ministerial candidate discussed his views on Austria being the first country to make vaccination compulsory, which has resulted in tens of thousands of people taking to the streets.

Hungary should learn from countries that protect their citizens more effectively, said Márki-Zay, but he would not follow Austria’s example of instituting vaccine mandates, due to widespread societal resistance of them.

Péter Márki-Zay thought it was “outrageous” that the government was withholding information on the epidemic, saying that this is why so many people not only doubt the government’s competence and the effectiveness of the vaccines, but also the existence and danger of the virus.

The opposition politician stated that Hungary could better protect itself against the spread of the virus through social distancing, the use of facemasks, stores closings, and disinfection measures.

In addition, the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely has likewise not set vaccine requirements for municipal employees in his hometown either, as he considers it more important for everyone to decide their health matters for themselves.

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.