The fight against the coronavirus (Photo: Kristina Stedul Fabac/Dusko Jaramaz/Milan Sabic/Hrvoje Jelavic/Sasa Miljevic/Igor Kralj/Zeljko Lukunic / PIXSELL) The fight against the coronavirus (Photo: Kristina Stedul Fabac/Dusko Jaramaz/Milan Sabic/Hrvoje Jelavic/Sasa Miljevic/Igor Kralj/Zeljko Lukunic / PIXSELL)

The Croatian Institute of Public Health has announced that 20% of the adult population in Croatia has been vaccinated so far. According to the Institute, vaccination is most successful among people in the age group of 70 years and older, of whom 54% received at least the first dose of vaccine, which they believe shows that the number of vaccinated is growing with special attention to the most vulnerable.

The vaccination coordinator at the institute, Marija Bubaš, says that over 700,000 people have been vaccinated so far, and that the capacity for vaccination is expanding in Zagreb.

“There will be three additional locations in Zagreb, so vaccination of up to 10,000 people per day will be enabled;” said Bubaš.

Bubaš is in agreement with Minister of Health Vili Beroš, who wrote on twitter that Croatia had the biggest number of daily vaccinations in on day in the European Union.

“We succeeded to vaccinate the biggest number of people per 100,000 inhabitants in Europe in one day. 46,000 people were vaccinated in Croatia, that is truly a big step forward,” said Bubaš

That best day for vaccination against Covid-19 in Croatia was April 29th, when the absolute record in vaccination was achieved with 46,887 doses administered in just one day.

Vaccination coordinator Marija Bubaš added that, in accordance with an announcement on general mobilization of medical staff, doctors from hospital centers will also vaccinate at expanded stations in Zagreb, so for example, the Clinical Hospital Centre in Zagreb will make its doctors available.

The President of the Croatian Association of Hospital Doctors Ivana Šmit is sceptical of the general mobilization.

“Taking into account all such actions and ideas to date, I don't expect this one to be led by common sense, but again without an adequate plan or program;” said Šmit.  

For now, they do not know how doctors will be selected, whether the quotas by hospitals will be numerical or if this will be done in some other manner.

“If mobilization of doctors according to hospitals will already be done,” said Šmit, “it would be good to engage those who have the smallest amount of work in the epidemic.”

“Perhaps they can encompass, I will dare say rudely, politically engaged physicians, who firstly have to remember that they are doctors, that they completed medical school and have an adequate licence, so that perhaps they can demonstrate by their example that they can be mobilized, because they surely know how to give an inter-muscular injection and conduct vaccination. In the same manner, at the Croatian Health Insurance Bureau, there are also a certain number of doctors that can be mobilized, and who, by their own example, can demonstrate that they know how to vaccinate and can respond to such an action,” noted Šmit.

The Medical Chamber has launched an initiative for doctors to respond themselves when they are available for certain dates, to try to harmonize this with work obligations, which is difficult because these are mostly morning shifts, and hospital doctors can only come to vaccinate people in the morning when they are on duty or if their employer dismisses them for that day.

Source: HRT