Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, President Sabor Gordan Jandroković and Health Minister Vili Beroš publicly received their nap of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 in Banski dvori.
Minister Beros described today’s vaccination as a test of confidence in this vaccine, which will encourage citizens to be vaccinated.
“Today, we sent a strong message of confidence in medical science, in the profession, especially because we were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. We will continue to work diligently to vaccinate Croatian citizens so that they can continue to live and work with minimal levels of infection risk. “Every vaccinated individual contributes to the protection of the population and it is certainly a step closer to our previous, normal life and a step closer to a successful tourist season,” Beros told reporters after receiving the first dose of the vaccine.
He added that there are still many challenges ahead, noting that it is important to think about future challenges such as new variants of the infection.
“I believe that with this message, we have encouraged other citizens to follow in our footsteps, to curb the epidemic and return to our normal lives and lifestyles,” Berosh said.
Despite being recovered from COVID-19, Jandroković, Plenković and Beroš joined numerous European leaders who wanted to close any doubts about the quality of the AstraZeneca vaccine by choosing to be vaccinated publicly, according to the Croatian Government.
There are seven more doses left in the AstraZeneca vaccine bottle, which expires in two days and will be returned to the Croatian Institute of Public Health and used accordingly, depending on priorities, the health minister said.
A fairer distribution of the vaccine remains one of the main topics in the EU, with Croatia insisting on a “corrective mechanism” to distribute doses present in the market for solidarity, Beros said, adding that there were no indications that deliveries of vaccines ordered will be delayed.
“More vaccines are expected every day now. “Right now, there are no indications that the arrival will be interrupted,” he said.
He estimated that the supply of vaccines would be stabilized, while according to some forecasts more than 10 approved vaccines are expected to start circulating in Europe, which will blow up demand and prices.