Not in a Coronavirus Risk Group? Here’s How to Arrange Vaccination

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, those who don’t yet fall into what are being classified as priority or coronavirus risk groups need to know the following:

1. For vaccination against COVID-19, you can state your wish to be vaccinated and apply to your GP to be seen, or if that isn’t possible, you can do the same the competent county public health institute responsible for the area you live in.

2. If you aren’t able to be vaccinated in your place of usual residence, or from your GP, you can contact the competent county public health institute in the place of your current residence for vaccination.

nge3. In Croatia, you can get vaccinated against COVID-19 free of charge, regardless of the type of health insurance you have, or even if you for whatever reason don’t have it.

4. Due to the limited quantities of vaccines available, vaccination is currently being carried out according to each defined coronavirus risk group, which are often called priority groups, in accordance with the National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19. The start of vaccination of persons from certain coronavirus risk groups depends on the availability of vaccines at any given time, the response to vaccination, but also the number of persons belonging to these priority groups.

The plan has been and continues to be to first vaccinate employees and users of homes for the elderly (and other institutions for the provision of accommodation within the social welfare system) and healthcare workers, then (conditionally speaking, in the second phase of vaccination) all persons over 65 and all persons with chronic diseases, independent of their age, and finally (conditionally speaking, the third phase) the entire population.

5. Before receiving your coronavirus vaccination, your doctor will ask you for the necessary information – it is necessary to make it clear if you have ever had any severe allergic reactions or severe acute infection with an accompanying high body temperature. According to the information provided, the doctor will then decide whether you can be vaccinated with the currently available vaccine or whether the vaccination should be postponed until a more suitable one is made available.

6. People are advised to stick to the appointments they succeed in making with their doctors when it comes to vaccination.

The Croatian Institute of Public Health confirmed for that it currently isn’t known when the vaccination of citizens who don’t belong to either priority groups or a coronavirus risk group will begin at all.

“Unfortunately, we can’t say when the vaccine will start arriving in large enough quantities to start vaccinating that part of the population,” they stated, also confirming that the vaccination of the majority of the population is expected by the end of autumn this year.

“A digital vaccination ordering platform is being prepared, which should be operational by the end of the week. The launch of the platform will be made public, and it is expected to be linked to county platforms. Through it, people will be informed about the date and place of vaccination,” they stated from the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

The platform should be available at this web address, but it is not operational today.

In the meantime, Medjimurje County was the first to present its platform for applying for vaccination. What other counties will do and how is not yet known.

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