Vaccination of the population in Čakovec (Photo: HRT) Vaccination of the population in Čakovec (Photo: HRT)

In Međimurje, after the completion of the first phase of vaccination, it has begun among the general population - and now people over 65 and people with chronic diseases will receive the vaccine. So far, almost 4,000 people have been vaccinated in Međimurje, and 14,500 people have applied for vaccination in the second phase.

“We plan vaccination according to a secured quantity of vaccine at our disposal. So for now that is ensured and there are announcements that there will be a bigger quantity of vaccine, so that next week it may reach 2,000 vaccinations at various points,” said the director of the County Institute of Public Health, Marina Payerl Pal.

Of the 33,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived in Croatia yesterday, 8,000 were distributed in Zagreb, where the second phase of vaccination begins on Monday.

“400 vaccinators have been organized in the city of Zagreb at 19 points. 4,000 doses have already been distributed to 100 addresses of family physicians, and in the same manner the remainder of the vaccine will be distributed on Monday,” said the Deputy Director of the Institute of Public Health Sandra Šikić.

About 93,000 doses of the vaccine will arrive next week, so more mass vaccination will begin across the country.

In anticipation of the vaccine, the number of infected people in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County is increasing - there were 62 new cases today, of which 35 are from Konavle. Due to the worsening of the epidemiological situation, daycare centres in Konavle will be closed as of today, and schools will switch to distance learning.

“We have a certain increased number of infected in the Konavle municipality that has been quickly increasing in the past days, so that is the most problematic part of our county. There was likely some family gathering and then the virus got into the workplace or daycare centres and schools, then it further spread,” said the Director of the County Institute of Public Health Mato Lakić.

Due to new strains and mutations of the virus, caution is still necessary - listeners were reminded of this by Ozren Polašek, a member of the government's Scientific Council, in Croatian Radio's Interview of the Week:

“New strains are arriving, however we must continue to calmly adhere to measures and monitor the situation more carefully. We were convinced that such strains would appear. The chance of them appearing grows with the number of people infected, on the global level. We still don't know what they will mean, however considering the development of vaccines and an ever better understanding of dynamics and mechanisms for the disease to appear, I am optimistic that with time we will control and overcome this situation,” said Polašek.

Source: HRT