State Spent Millions on Cijepi Se Vaccine Platform, Medjimurje Spends 40,000 HRK

Lauren Simmonds

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The Cijepi Se vaccine platform cost some serious money, but one continental Croatian county, more specifically Medjimurje, has managed to put together something very similar for a fraction of the cost.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, beautiful Medjimurje County didn’t want to wait for the state to sort things out for them to start vaccinating their residents against the new disease. Back in January this year, they independently launched their own local platform for vaccination applications. So far, 24,000 people have signed up through it and vaccinations can be received at 10 points throughout that particular county.

They have had an online vaccination platform for four months now and they have vaccinated more than half of those registered.

It could be said that their vaccination plan is going well thanks to the internet platform they created two months before the Cijepi Se vaccine platform was made and put into function across the nation by the state. Unlike the state, they didn’t have to fork out millions for that platform either, as it cost a mere 40,000 HRK.

Medjimurje County Prefect Matija Posavec said for 24sata that they do also use the state’s Cijepi Se vaccine platform, but they still kept working with their own, through which a lot of people apply.

”We’ve only got about 3,000 people left to vaccinate in the priority group of people over the age of 65 and then we’re done with that priority group. We’ve already started vaccinating those in the education system, and we’ve immunised half of those who applied so far. We also organised 10 mass vaccination points to relieve the pressure which was being put on healthcare centres. It all works and is going well. At a meeting on Wednesday, they announced that twice as many vaccines are on their way to Croatia, and with the help of our platform, we can already organise who will be invited for vaccination and when their appointment will be,” said Posavec.

The fact that their platform works is also showcased by the information provided by the director of the Cakovec Health Centre, Dr. Branko Vrcic. When someone registers themselves on the vaccination platform in Medjimurje County, their request is processed within a mere half an hour and they already know the location and time of vaccination, unlike the issues faced by the far larger Cijepi Se vaccine platform which can take a long time before issuing a time and date for vaccination even for priority groups.

For more on coronavirus specific to Croatia, including travel, border and quarantine rules, as well as the locations of vaccination points and testing centres up and down the country, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section.


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