Minister of Health Vili Beroš (Photo: Marin Tironi/PIXSELL) Minister of Health Vili Beroš (Photo: Marin Tironi/PIXSELL)

Meanwhile the director of the Public Health Institute Krunoslav Capak is of the opinion that vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine will not be halted.

As expected, fewer people were vaccinated during the Easter holidays, but already at the beginning of the working week, the numbers have started to increase, and the warnings from health authorities saying that the epidemic is not subsiding, have been repeated. Minister of Health Vili Beroš is convinced that the number of infected people will increase in the coming days. After a meeting with County Prefects and local health authorities, he stated that he expects urgent and organized vaccination from them, especially due to the arrival of larger quantities of vaccines.

“In this week a little less than 100,000 doses will arrive, while around 400,000 doses will arrive by the end of April, so numerous challenges are ahead of us, especially if we take into account what is happening with vaccines from certain producers,” said Beroš.

“Several weeks of preparations for mass vaccinations in Zagreb have been completed and the vaccination of a larger number of citizens has begun,” said the head of the City Health Office, Zvonimir Šostar.

“People won't be able to choose, as we receive the vaccine, any type, we will use it for vaccinations, but what is important is that the benefits are huge. Don't allow the one, two or three percent that refuse any type of vaccination and who unfortunately succeed in talking more than 50% of those undecided, who are not against vaccination, out of it, to influence you. What is definitely known is that the vaccine protects,” said Šostar.

Minister Beroš, commented on a statement by an official about the connection between the Astra Zenekina vaccine and blood clotting. “We will wait for the official statement and stance from the European Medicines Agency, after that we will see how and what we will do with that vaccine,” said Beroš. 

“We are monitoring this situation and we have studied the tables we received from the EMA related to age specific risks of thromboembolic diseases, but we will wait for their evaluation. It is not likely that there will be a suspension; it is possible that something will be changed in recommendations and in the instructions for use of the vaccine, but it is not likely that it will come to a suspension,” said the director of the Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, when commenting on possible problems with the vaccine.

Minister Beroš confirmed that, at least for now, there will be no increase in public health contributions.

“At this time we are not considering an increase in contributions for health care, however we definitely have to consider the revenue, but also the expenditure side, in functioning of the health care system,” said Beroš.

Source: HRT