Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said the continued decline in the COVID-19 infection rate was due to the stricter epidemiological measures implemented immediately prior to the Christmas holidays.
Plenković said the situation, for the most part, had stabilized. Meanwhile, he warned that more caution was needed during winter months when viruses in general are more active; adding that the coronavirus continued to be deadly and that new strains were being discovered.
It is for this reason, the government's policies are heavily reliant on ramping up vaccinations; with plans to administer 300,000 doses by the end of March.
High-priority groups, which include the elderly and front-line medical staff, are the focus of the first phase of the vaccination process; while individuals not included in this group can expect to begin receiving vaccinations by the month of May.
Ten government ministers will be publicly vaccinated against the coronavirus on Thursday ahead of the regular cabinet session. Government spokesman Marko Milić added that those who recovered from the virus and acquired natural immunity, including Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, would not be among them.
Among those to be vaccinated on Thursday will be Veterans Affairs Minister Tomo Medved, Finance Minister Zdravko Marić, Defence Minister Mario Banožić, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman, and Education Minister Radovan Fuchs.
The office of President Zoran Milanović also announced that the president planned to publicly receive the vaccination at 11 a.m.
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