21:03 / 19.08.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

Unvaccinated driving up COVID-19 infections, Split doctor says

Dr. Ivo Ivić

Dr. Ivo Ivić

Foto: Dnevnikj / HRT

The Head of the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Split Clinical Hospital, Dr. Ivo Ivić, told HRT on Thursday that the vast majority of the patients at his clinic were unvaccinated.

Split-Dalmatia County and Zagreb have had the largest numbers of new COVID-19 cases in recent days. There were 25 patients on ventilators across the country on Thursday and more than half were at Split Clinical Hospital. Doctors and epidemiologist there say this is because the county has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

"We can almost count on the fingers of one hand the number of people we've admitted over the past month who were vaccinated. Most of them have chronic conditions, hematologic diseases for the most part, and they were unable to develop enough immunity. So, more than 90% of our patients are people who are not vaccinated," Dr. Ivić told HRT.

Split Clinical Hospital is currently treating 52 patients and 14 of them are on ventilators.

“The epidemic is spreading because young people continue to live their lives as usual. They get infected but their symptoms are mild. However, they bring the virus home to other family members and they end up in the hospital,” Dr. Ivić says.

It is difficult to pinpoint a blanket explanation why interest for the vaccine has been so low in Split-Dalmatia County, which has yet to hit the 50% mark when it comes to adults with one dose of the vaccine. In contrast, more than 90% of adults in the UK are vaccinated, Dr. Ivić noted.

“I think it is a civilizational difference. People believe in science,” he added.

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