Health Minister Vili Beros announces changes in Croatian vaccine rollout
April 30, 2021 – Health Minister Vili Beros announced changes in the rollout of the Croatian vaccine following the embarrassing situation surrounding the Cijepi vaccination portal and issues with participation and vaccine arrivals.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Minister of Health said that to date more than a million doses of vaccine have arrived in Croatia, with around 825,000 doses administered.
Vaccination coverage above 16% on average has been achieved in the 65 and over age group. The highest coverage with the first dose is in Zagreb, at 18%, followed by Sisak-Moslavina County. The Croatian Institute of Public Health has issued recommendations to prevent the spread of infection during election rallies. A revised list of countries for which special entry measures should be applied upon arrival in Croatia has also been published. India has now added special entry measures to the list, ” Vili Beros said.
“As part of the intensification of the Croatian vaccine rollout and its campaign, we have sent a letter to the Ministry of Defense and the Red Cross for their active involvement. We were asked if we could allow people to visit critically ill patients. The pressure on the hospital system is not easing, but we still manage to take care of the sick.
The arrival of a greater quantity of vaccines makes it possible to intensify the deployment of the Croatian vaccine in the mass vaccination points. By registering with a family doctor, by phone or by registering on the Cijepi se platform, I would like to invite people to register for the vaccination, ” he added.
He pointed out that a sufficient number of vaccine doses have now been provided.
“The Croatian government has provided sufficient quantities of the coronavirus vaccine. Establishing a clear chain of command is also crucial. The main coordinator is the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. This objective is achieved on the basis of new legal decisions such as the decision on the compulsory participation of public and private health workers in the implementation of the deployment of the Croatian vaccine. Three new coordinators have been appointed – the first for the organization of vaccination sites, the second for distribution and the third for IT support.
“The new operational plan for immunization of the working population is clearly drawn up in detail. Family physicians are required to remove from their records a list of people who have not yet been vaccinated and they will be vaccinated through call centers. Mobile teams have also been set up. Additional locations are being determined across Croatia, ” Beros said.
“Sufficient quantities of various vaccines will be provided at all sites. The prerequisite for issuing a vaccination certificate is registration on a digital platform. It is clear that this is a preparation to energize the deployment of the Croatian vaccine, to make it an effort that we stick to seven days a week, ”added Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
On Thursday, Plenkovic pointed out that the number of newly infected people had started to decline in recent days compared to the previous two weeks, but also said that there was still no relaxation when it comes to the need to fully respect all current epidemiological measures.
“It is encouraging that our numbers have started to drop in recent days compared to the last two weeks, but we must continue to be as responsible as possible because it is the best way to accelerate the decline in the number of people infected and dead” , Plenkovic said. said at a government session.
“Each of us has an active role in this process and our behavior can contribute to the protection of life and health, but also to the economy and employment,” he stressed.
This, he added, refers in particular to the tourist season and he expressed satisfaction that the process of vaccination of tourist workers has already started in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is expected to continue.
He also mentioned that last weekend he asked the Minister of Health to prepare a concrete and updated action plan to step up the deployment of the Croatian vaccine and reiterated that Croatia will have a total of at minus 3.2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine from the end of December. at the end of June.
“All those who wish to receive the vaccine will be able to obtain it”, he assured, reiterating his call to the inhabitants, in particular those suffering from chronic diseases and the elderly, to be vaccinated at the checkpoints that will be established. or which already exist throughout Croatia. .
For everything you need to know about the Croatia-specific coronavirus, including travel, border and quarantine rules for the locations of vaccination points and testing centers across the country, be sure to put in bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section.