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The shots were administered to those ministers who have not yet caught the virus and have not yet acquired immunity against this infectious disease. Meaning, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who contracted and recovered from the virus late last year, was not among those to receive the vaccination.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage as many citizens as possible to follow suit and get vaccinated.

The head of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, who attended the vaccination of the ministers, said that many public figures and distinguished people in Croatia would join the vaccination campaign.

Capak said he was certain that more than half of all Croatians were in favour of vaccination. For those unsure about whether to take the shot, it is important to send messages about the safety and efficiency of the vaccination, Capak said.

Earlier in the day, President Zoran Milanović was publicly vaccinated at the Pantovčak presidential office today. He also called on citizens to do the same; adding that was better than getting infected with COVID-19.

Milanović says that anyone who consciously decides not to get vaccinated when the vaccine is available and free, takes on the responsibility for their own health. Mass vaccinations, he added, meant less infections and less of a burden on the healthcare system.

Source: HRT