18:53 / 19.08.2021.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Beroš: Croatia not considering third dose of vaccine

Minister of Health Vili Beroš

Minister of Health Vili Beroš

Foto: HTV / HRT

For the fifth week in a row, the number of new coronavirus cases is growing, 486 were confirmed in Croatia in the last 24 hours. More than 9,000 samples were tested, and the share of positives among those tested was almost five percent. Three more people have died - all of them were not vaccinated. 235 patients are being treated in hospitals, 26 of them on respirators. 

“This is the beginning of the fourth wave of the epidemic, and we are witnessing an epidemic of unvaccinated people,” warned Minister of Health, Vili Beroš.

“In the last 14 days of 3,679 newly infected people with a positive PCR test, 85.72% were not vaccinated. Of 221 hospitalized people, 87.51% of them were not vaccinated. From June 1st to August 17th, unfortunately 254 people have died with or due to Covid-19. 80% of the deceased were not vaccinated,” said Beroš.

Vaccination continues, but slowly.

“Today we will exceed 50% of people vaccinated with the first dose, which is good, but unfortunately slower than we had expected. However, we hope that after the summer break, a certain number of our fellow citizens will nevertheless decide to get vaccinated and that we will increase that number,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

At the Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb, 33 patients are being treated, at the Sisters of Mercy hospital ten are on respirators, nine of them are without any comorbidities, but they have not been vaccinated. The highest number of coronavirus patients is at the Split hospital, fifty-three; these are people between 60 and 70 years of age.

“If you take a lot of medicines, you are the ones that need to get vaccinated, because in the contrary, if you get ill you will probably have a harsh form of the disease,” said The Head of the Split hospital's Clinic for Infectious Diseases, Ivo Ivić.

While in some countries vaccination with a third dose is taking place, Minister Beroš said that at this moment they are not considering this in our country. Asked how long the government will be accommodating in terms of vaccination, the minister said that it will all depend on the behavior of the virus.

Meanwhile on the European coronavirus map, the Croatian coast and Zagreb have maintained an orange classification, which could prolong the tourist season, while our competition in the Mediterranean remain classified as red.

Source: HRT

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