Mass vaccination of the general population has begun in Zagreb. 16,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were distributed to family medicine clinics for people over the age of 80 and the chronically ill. 85,000 people have applied for vaccination and the number is constantly increasing.
Vaccinations are taking place at family physician practices, at 19 stations in health care centres and at the Andrija Štampar Teaching Institute for Public Health.
“We have 400 vaccinators; each will receive three vials, from which 35 percent will be for vaccinations in their practices and 65 percent at these 19 stations,” said the Director of the Andrija Štampar Teaching Institute for Public Health, Zvonimir Šostar.
Family physicians will decide which people above the age of 80 and those with chronic illnesses that have registered for vaccination are urgent.
“Those above the age of 80 can expect it and perhaps in those teams where there are not that many above the age of 80, younger people suffering from a chronic illness may be called for vaccination. We know the patients, and simply on the basis of our own knowledge and experience, we will be able to evaluate whose risk is objectively higher at that time than someone else's,” said the Director of the Zagreb West healthcare centre, Miroslav Hanževački.
“Although mass vaccinations began in Zagreb today, a more significant quantity of the vaccine for the entire country is still expected. By the end of March we should receive 508,000 more doses, and we have a firm guarantee that everything promised will be delivered,” announced the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak.
“In this week, the fourth week of February, we should receive 23,400 doses from Pfizer, 16,800 doses from Moderna and 52,658 doses from AstraZeneca,” said Capak.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković noted today that delivery of the vaccine to Croatia is being quickened.
“By the end of March we will have received more than a total of 700,000 doses, that is 100%. We want this to be quickened. Today we have a preparatory meeting of the European Council with Charles Michel, and we will all open the topic. We are constantly consulting and all are equally dissatisfied,” said the Prime Minister.
Otherwise in Zagreb, along with 19 stations in the city, as of tomorrow people will be able to get vaccinated at the Croatian Institute of Public Health. They estimate that they will vaccinate between 900 and a thousand people each day.