Krunoslav Capak: Masks Must Still be Worn Even After Second Vaccine Dose

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, there continue to be very many questions circulating around now that people in Croatia have begun receiving the second dose of the new coronavirus vaccine.

Everyone who has received the first dose to date will receive the second dose in the next three weeks. Krunoslav Capak told RTL that Croatia’s residents will continue to have to wear masks even after receiving their second dose of the vaccine.

“Science doesn’t yet know the answer to the question of whether a person who is immune can continue to be a short-term carrier of this virus and transmit that virus to someone else. We can’t be sure of that and that’s why we recommend everyone, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, to adhere to all of the epidemiological measures,” said Krunoslav Capak.

“However, when our numbers drop significantly due to the fact that we have been vaccinated, then we’ll be able to slightly relax all of these measures,” he added.

All vaccinated persons receive a certificate…

For now, there is no discussion at European Union level, Krunoslav Capak explained, of whether it will be easier to cross borders for people who have been vaccinated against the novel virus. Some countries have introduced things so that people who have a certificate that they have recovered in the last three months can cross the border without needing to go into mandatory self-isolation and without presenting any sort of test. However, that is currently a small number of countries.

The position in the European Union on this is that this is a discriminatory measure, and that it should be further considered.

“We think that we’ll be able to vaccinate most of the Croatian population by the summer months and that this will bring us certain economic benefits, especially when it comes to tourism,” Krunoslav Capak said. At some point, nursing homes will surely open to visitors, he also assureed.

“Despite all that, we still don’t know what the epidemiological situation will be and that’s why this measure isn’t being relaxed yet, but at some point, that will definitely come next,” said Capak.

The relaxing of Croatia’s anti-epidemic measures…

”There can realistically be a million Croatian residents vaccinated by the end of March if we get enough vaccines in order to carry that out,” Capak claims.

”At the moment. we can’t know if we ‘ll actually have that many doses by the time spring rolls around. Everything is being very carefully considered, including the easing of our measures. Before the 31st of January, which is the time period for which these current measures are in force, we’ll carefully consider whether it is time to relax the measures due to the specific situation caused by the Petrinja earthquake, due to the appearance of new strains and so on,” said the director of the CNIPH.

Activities such as outdoor activities and sport are less risky, so this will be taken into account when thoughts about relaxing measures comes to the forefront, he added.

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