The vaccination station at the Zagreb Fairground (Photo: Goran Stanzl / PIXSELL) The vaccination station at the Zagreb Fairground (Photo: Goran Stanzl / PIXSELL)

Croatia is approaching the number of half a million vaccinated with at least one dose. More than 10,000 people have been vaccinated at the Zagreb Fair in the past six days, and today another 2,000 were planned to be vaccinated.

“Until now we have not had any significant side effects, there were some mild rashes and dizziness but nothing else,” said Tatjana Petričević Vidović from the Institute of Public Health.

Immunologist Zlatko Trobonjača believes that we will definitely improve the epidemiological situation by the summer when about 50% of the population will be vaccinated. He also commented on cases of blood clots after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and believes that the benefits outweigh the risks.

“I don't think it should be withdrawn from use for that reason, because I assume you are possibly in greater danger of getting run over by a car when going to get vaccinated, than of dying when you receive that vaccine,” said Trobonjača.

About 7,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine have arrived in Croatia, but will not be used until a decision is made by the European Medicines Agency.

In Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, where the strictest measures are in force today, there were 428 newly infected, which is a share of 34.5% in the number of people tested. Epidemiologist Danijela Lakošeljac believes that epidemiological measures will bring results.

“I hope in the coming days that this dropping trend will continue to at least a stable number, like we had last week, and it was much lower than those two weeks before Easter,” said Lakošeljac.

Zagreb had the highest number of newly infected people with 596.

In Split-Dalmatia County, where there were 385 newly infected people, places for testing tourists and rapid antigen tests at the Split airport, are being prepared.

“We are the first in Croatia that will open a station at the airport next week. Eight people in one shift and eight in the other, that's 16, also working Saturday and Sunday,” said the Director of the County Institute of Public Health, Željka Karin.

Vaccination of workers in tourism will begin next week at the latest.

Source: HRT