Iván Fischer receives Covid-19 vaccine while conducting on stage

To encourage others to get vaccinated, the Hungarian conductor received his booster shot on stage during a free open-air concert in Budapest

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The Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer has received a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine on stage in Budapest at an open-air concert, in an effort to encourage others to get vaccinated.

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It was Fischer’s third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Budapest Festival Orchestra conductor removed his jacket during the performance to show a white shirt with a hole cut out of the sleeve. A doctor then administered the dose, which was met by applause from the audience.

Members of the orchestra also took rapid Covid-19 tests on stage during the performance.

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‘Fischer wants to further raise awareness of the need for vaccination,’ says the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s managing director, Orsolya Erdodi. ‘Vaccination can give us the chance to live and work a normal life again, just as we did before.’