Croatian epidemiologist Branko Kolarić said that, following the epidemiological situation, in nursing homes and the sick, the 15-minute visit limit to older and sicker hospital users could be lifted if the visitor was vaccinated.
“The only thing left of the restrictive measures at home is if the user is not vaccinated, and he was in the hospital, that after treatment in the hospital he goes to self-isolation and that visitors, if not vaccinated, can only stay for 15 minutes. “, Said Kolarić for N1.
He added that the level of vaccination at home is very good. “We have a really high turnout and there are currently about twenty infected people in nursing homes in Croatia. Of those who are sick, we have the majority of people unvaccinated and some who have been vaccinated. We know that the vaccine does not protect one hundred percent, but in the third wave it was reduced twenty times’, said Kolarić, adding that he hoped that the vaccination would continue as the calmer autumn was expected.
“We still have a lot of people interested in vaccination and I hope we will be vaccinated in sufficient numbers,” Kolarić said.
He added that it is possible that there will be some changes and that there will be no discount to zero, like last summer. He stressed that it is important for citizens to adhere to the measures, avoid contact and people who have not been vaccinated, and avoid larger crowds.
Speaking of possible easing of the measures, he said he believes they will be reviewed before the summer and that the provision of keeping masks in rooms where all persons have been vaccinated can be lifted. “So it all depends on how many people will be vaccinated,” Kolarić said.
He stressed that it is necessary to adhere to the measures until collective immunity is achieved. “Where the vaccination rate is low, 30-40 percent, it is possible for new waves of infection to occur. “We need a high vaccination rate,” said Kolarić.
“We will not eliminate the virus, but it is important to reduce the number of deaths,” Kolarić said.
Croatian authorities expect the planned vaccination rate of 50 per cent to be reached by the end of this month, which would reduce the number of infected people and the safety of the tourist season, from which the country expects a lot.