Croatia: Mass vaccination in Zagreb starts this morning

Zvonimir Šostar, director of the Teaching Institute for Public Health “Dr. “Andrija Štampar”, confirmed on Monday that the vaccination process had started in Zagreb, thanking the family doctors who responded to the invitation to receive this project.

He added that there are about 400 doctors participating in the vaccination process.

“Out of 500 family doctors, 400 of them expressed a desire to work on vaccination, so we have 400 doctors,” Šostar told the Croatian Radio show “On the network of the first”.

Šostar added that 35% would vaccinate patients in their surgeries, while 65% at 19 designated points across Zagreb.

“We have already distributed most of the vaccines on Friday; we have 12,000 doses of AstraZeneca available “, said Šostar, adding that every doctor should take three bottles.

“The Moderna collection has not arrived yet, although it was announced last week. “I believe it will come today or tomorrow so we can forward it to our colleagues immediately,” he added.

Šostar explained that the AstraZeneca vaccine does not require special conditions, while Moderna vaccines must be transported frozen.

“This is a big project, the workers are working until midnight,” Šostar said, adding that the delivery of the vaccine should be completed this afternoon.

If all goes as planned, 17,000 people will be vaccinated this week.

Dr. Mirela Marković from the Family Physicians Coordination (KoHOM) explained what the vaccination would look like.

“We tried to get organized to some extent, some self-organized and somewhere there were organized points. My office has a normal working day, no vaccinations. We will do it tomorrow, and today we will make the preparations. “We will call our patients to order them in a timely manner,” Markovic said.

She added that the younger population, the people who had the right to be vaccinated in the first round and lost it for some reason, started calling them last week.

“These are health workers, police officers and people working in the prison system. “Our elderly patients and those up to the age of 65 are calling us more and more,” Markovic added.

She believes that over time, everything will be better organized. “At this point, the most important thing is to start vaccinating. “Patients are everyone’s priority,” she said.

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