AstraZeneca Vaccine Arrives as Croatian Vaccination Process Continues

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, this is only the first lot, and by the end of the month, more than 150,000 more doses will arrive, according to HTV.

“Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines are also coming in, so we’ll finally have a sufficient amount of vaccines and we’ll finally be able to start the second phase of the national plan for the implementation of vaccination against the novel coronavirus,” the Novosel told HTV.

Protection against a more severe form of coronavirus and death

Distribution by county is set to follow, as the Croatian vaccination process will initially begin at family doctor’s/GP’s offices or at vaccination points, about which citizens will be informed. Some European countries have decided not to vaccinate those over the age of 65 with the AstraZeneca vaccine, but in Croatia they say there is no need for such a move.

The reason for that is too little research and insufficient information about the effectiveness of the vaccine itself. All those who have decided to receive another coronavirus vaccine are free to do so but will have to wait until other doses of the desired vaccine arrive.

“Of course they’ll be able to wait for another vaccine, but there are also a lot of misunderstandings involved. The effectiveness of the vaccine among the elderly doesn’t mean that it is lower. Any vaccine given to the elderly elicits a slightly weaker immune response. This is common knowledge, so that’s the case with any vaccine manufacturer. As for the AstraZeneca vaccine in the older age group, there was too small a sample, so the efficacy that was obtained can’t really be properly interpreted, and we actually expect it to boast the same effectiveness as it did in the other age groups,” explained Pem Novosel.

In some counties, in addition to GP’s offices, special vaccination points will be organised in coordination with the Ministry of Health. It was said that doctors from the Ministry of Health had received a letter that special vaccination points would be organised, and mobile teams would be formed for precisely that purpose, and that there would be fewer of those who would vaccinate in the surgeries themselves.

At the level of the Ministry of Health, a special platform is also being organised to which all those who have not previously communicated with their GP’s will be able to apply for vaccination as it is rolled out across the country.

As for the AstraZeneca vaccine itself, we know that it is registered for those over eighteen years of age, and that the effectiveness in preventing the disease is 60 percent, but also that all those who received the vaccine didn’t develop a more severe form of the disease, nor were any of them hospitalised.

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