Refused Covid Vaccination? It Will be Noted in Croatian Medical Records

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a letter from the Ministry of Health arrived at the addresses of Croatian general practitioners the other day, in which they are determined to organise and schedule work on the vaccination of patients against COVID-19 as the epidemiological picture worsens yet again.

With this decision, healthcare professionals are obliged to invite all their patients over the age of 65 who haven’t yet been vaccinated to report to their office within fifteen working days to receive their coronavirus vaccination.

If they fail to make telephone contact with them, the decision stipulates that they are obliged to make home visits within the next thirty days and thus carry out vaccinations, provided that patients agree to this.

What’s interesting to note is the instruction for those patients who refuse vaccination… Namely, from now on, healthcare professionals will have to record this in the Croatian medical records of those this regards. General practitioners will have to report all of their activities in this regard in great detail to the competent ministry within seven days of the deadline.

Whether this means that the Health Ministry will henceforth keep a note of the Croatian medical records of all those who refused vaccination and what it will do with that information is not yet known. It’s worth mentioning tha this decision has already been met with great resistance from general practitioners, according to a report from RTL.

“After almost two years of living with the pandemic and after almost a year of the vaccines being available and huge sums spent on the campaign and the platform for vaccination, we’re surprised by the minister’s decision to use the outdated method of calling people individually, it takes up the most time and it’s the least effective method of doing this,” said Natasa Ban Toskic, president of the Coordination of Family Physicians.

“At this moment in time, we can’t say what this way of doing things will look like because according to this order issued by the minister, nothing has ben specified. When precisely are we supposed to be able to find the time to engage in this? Do I just need to tell my patients; Dear patients, try not to get sick in the next two weeks because your family doctor will be very difficult for you to reach,” said Ban Toskic.

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