“Orban lied! We’re launching a petition against mandatory vaccination,” wrote Jobbik President Péter Jakab on Facebook on Wednesday, accompanied by a video in which he explained the decision:
The government is making vaccines required in more and more places. Jobbik refuses vaccine mandates. Everyone is free to decide whether or not they want to get vaccinated.
According to Jakab, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán originally promised that that would not make the vaccine mandatory. However, said Jakab:
He then made it mandatory for police officers, firefighters, teachers, health workers, and finally he said it was up to the employer to decide. And I’m saying that you should decide.
-said the Jobbik President in the video.
Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, announced last October in a Government Information briefing that employers would be able to make vaccination compulsory for their employees if they wanted. Vaccine mandates also apply to public school teachers. Educators who don’t get vaccinated will first be sent on unpaid leave, then can be dismissed if they still haven’t gotten the shot. [HVG]