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Croatia: Increased demand for vaccines causes problems in Zagreb

The Croatian capital Zagreb is likely to receive another vaccination spot as large crowds of elderly citizens “occupy” the premises of the Zagreb Fair. Citizens and political parties fired at the government for poorly organizing mass vaccinations, which resulted in an hour-long queue among the elderly.

Another vaccination point could be located in a central location of the city in an attempt to somewhat decompress the current situation facing the vaccination point at the Zagreb Fair.

The Croatian spread of vaccination has suffered several bumps along the way in recent months, with numerous distribution and contractual issues. Some citizens refuse to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine due to numerous reports of disturbing side effects and suspicions surrounding the vaccine for people over a certain age. Things have started to improve recently and a second vaccination point in Zagreb could work to ease the pressure and better control the flow of people who will be immunized.

As Poslovni Dnevnik reports, after problems in achieving the vaccination goal, yesterday more than 4,500 residents of the Croatian capital received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Medical staff and other staff still have their hands full today, warning people to keep their distance and adhere to epidemiological measures while waiting to receive their vaccines.

Today, Zvonimir Šostar, director of the Dr Andrija amptampar Institute in Zagreb, will hold talks with Health Minister Vili Beroš on opening another mass vaccination point in the eastern part of Zagreb, as previously announced on HRT.

If all goes according to plan, next week approximately 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are set to arrive in Croatia, followed by 175,000 to enter the country each week in May, with 201,240 doses needed in the last week.

A total of 809,640 doses or 202,410 per week will arrive in June alone. For these large quantities, which do not include the promised amount of 524,000 doses of AstraZeneca and 100,000 announced doses of Johnson & Johnson, additional mass vaccination points are expected to be set.

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