19:52 / 14.11.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

COVID certificates not meant to punish the unvaccinated, says PM

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Foto: Tomislav Miletic / Pixsell

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Sunday that protesting against vaccination was allowed and that everyone was entitled to their opinion, but added that the government would not step down and there would be no early election.

"We must respect each other. I haven't noticed that some of the protesters have asked us to meet with them," said Plenković, adding, "all we doing is in the interest of citizens."

He said it was good that more than two million people in Croatia had been vaccinated and that foreigners were coming to Croatia to get vaccinated

The prime minister said it was absurd that citizens were not using the opportunity to get vaccinated, putting themselves in danger.

Plenković defended the widespread use of COVID certificates starting on Tuesday, saying it was not meant as a punishment to the unvaccinated but rather a reward to those who have been innoculated.

"COVID certificates are no coercion to vaccination, just a filtre, a guarantee to be responsible towards those who have been vaccinated. Whether you will be alive and healthier or pretend that there is no coronavirus and perhaps die, that's a choice."

Asked if Croatia would introduce restrictions like Austria, Plenković said every country was adjusting to the situation and respected those vaccinated, adding that it was understandable if someone could not get vaccinated for medical reasons.

Plenković said that despite the pandemic, people were receiving salaries, Croatia's credit rating was upgraded and growth was at 9 percent. He added that people who refused to get vaccinated were affecting "healthcare, expenses and general social problems."

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