Epidemiologist Goranka Petrovic Discusses Vaccination in Croatia

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, new strains of coronavirus are threatening not only Croatia but all other countries which are yet to register any cases of the typically more infectious strain, and new doses of the vaccine are frustratingly still not arriving as planned. What exactly is the vaccination rate in this country?

Epidemiologist Goranka Petrovic said that confirmation came from AstraZeneca a couple of days ago that the first shipment of their coronavirus vaccine, which comes in the amount of a little less than 9,000 doses, should be received by Croatia during the next week, most likely on February the 9th. They also confirmed further doses – a total of about 150,000 doses of the vaccine coming throughout the month of February.

“At the moment, the first coronavirus vaccinations are underway, not the second dose of vaccination. About one and a half percent of the population of Croatia has received one or two vaccine doses, and a total of about nine thousand doses of vaccine were used,” she told HTV, stressing that further vaccination will go more quickly because deliveries will stabilsze, Pfizer vaccines are set to come even in larger quantities during March.

Asked whether the AstraZeneca product would be used to vaccinate the elderly in that case, Goranka Petrovic replied that the European Medicines Agency had approved and registered the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged eighteen and older and had not given an upper age limit.

She only mentioned that there is not enough data on the effectiveness of this particular vaccine on people over the age of 65, which doesn’t mean that it is not effective, but that there was simply a smaller share of those people in the research.

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