As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the head of the branch office of the Institute of Public Health on the island of Krk, Dr. Lovorka Nemec Strcic said as a guest on the show “Studio 4” that the plan of the Institute of Public Health on the island of Krk is to start vaccinating citizens over 65 and those who have underlying conditions/are chronically ill in the middle of next week.
“We’d start next week with a smaller number of people, and it all depends on how many doses of the vaccine will be made available to us,” she said. She emphasised that the dynamics of further vaccination of Croatian residents will also depend on the amount of vaccines which arrive. Nemec Strcic pointed out that the implementation of vaccination was planned in the Northern Adriatic city of Rijeka, at as many as three different points, and in other parts of the county there would be branches of the Teaching Institute doing so.
The President of the Coordination of Croatian Family Medicine, dr. med. Natasa Ban Toskic said that until yesterday morning, no doctor had received an official notification as to when the vaccination of Croatian residents would start, nor has the amount of vaccine doses and at what rate the population would be vaccinated been explained.
“Organisationally speaking, we don’t really know anything yet,” said Dr. Natasa Ban Toskic, adding that although family doctors have long been appointed as the most important vaccination providers, they are not communicated with as partners, but they instead receive most of their information through the media or in the form of orders or short e-mails on a day to day basis. She added that there is no real cooperation to speak of in this regard.
Lovorka Nemec Strcic said that the cooperation of her Institute with family doctors does exist, but when it comes to the general vaccination process of Croatian residents, nothing has been defined as yet. She added that it will most likely be epidemiologists doing the vaccinating at the beginning, and only in Rijeka. Vaccination will not be possible in other parts of the county next week. Nemec Strcic said that Croatian residents will be vaccinated with those vaccines that the Institute of Public Health of the island of Krk will have, and that the organisation of the vaccination itself is demanding.
Ban Toskic added that the Coordination of Croatian Family Medicine had sent out a letter to all relevant institutions back in November, in which they pointed out the problems that could occur, adding their own proposals in order to try to make things easier.