18:10 / 06.07.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Government officials continue to pressure citizens to get vaccinated

Health Minister Vili Beroš

Health Minister Vili Beroš

Foto: Marko Prpić / PIXSELL

In spite of Croatia’s consistently positive data points with regard to the coronavirus, government officials continue to warn against complacency.

On Tuesday Health Minister Vili Beroš warned of the possible dangers that could await the country at some point in the fall unless everyone gets vaccinated: “The issue is the fall, and what awaits us when we're back inside closed spaces. We're going to enable the virus to go through new mutations, and then this will never end. So, now is the right time to undertake additional efforts and achieve a vaccination rate of higher than 70 to 75 percent, and in that way simply eliminate the possibility of the virus to spread.”

However, this reasoning seems to contradict earlier statements from health officials, who claimed that vaccines are not a permanent solution to the virus due to apparent mutations. With regards to official claims that the vaccination rate has slowed and is threatening the safety of the entire country and the well-being of the overall economy, the head of the National Civil Protection Directorate, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović had this to say: “We have a certain segment of the population that is either calculating what would be the best time to get the vaccine, or believes they are bigger experts than all of international medical science, and feel that the vaccine isn't healthy.”

The first segment of the population to have the vaccines available to them were health care workers, and currently more than 79% of health care workers have opted to get vaccinated. Which begs the question why the remaining twenty-odd percent have opted against getting vaccinated. Interestingly, in spite of a clearly positive trend in recent weeks, Health Minister Beroš today announced the possibility of introducing new, harsher rules for patients arriving at hospitals: “This will very likely be a COVID certificate or an on the spot test. You have to understand that some patients have been infected during their stay in hospital.”

Minister Beroš concluded that only a collective effort can bring the country back to normal and result in the rescinding of all restrictive measures.

Source: HRT

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