Minister Bozinovic Doesn’t Rule Out Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccination

Lauren Simmonds

November the 25th, 2020 – Could Croatia introduce mandatory coronavirus vaccination when the vaccine becomes available and arrives in the country? For some the idea is excellent, for others it is quite the opposite. Regardless of the ins and outs, Minister Davor Bozinovic hasn’t ruled the idea out completely.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, after the meeting with numerous county prefects, Minister Davor Bozinovic presented a new set of strict measures that should be in force until Christmas, you can read them here. As previously touched on, the possibility of Croatia introducing mandatory coronavirus vaccination for the entire population hasn’t been ruled out.

When asked by journalists whether the vaccine against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 will become mandatory here in Croatia, the Minister was not explicit in his response, but he left such a possibility open.

”There are vaccines that are already mandatory. That vaccine would reduce the spread of the infection,” replied Bozinovic, explaining that according to Croatia’s Law on the Protection of the Population from Infectious Diseases, there are vaccines that are indeed mandatory.

”Certainly, we need to know that in order for the vaccine to stop the epidemic, then the estimate [of the population which needs to be vaccinated] needs to stand at 70 percent, we’re absolutely going to make sure that happens,” he assured, noting that it remains to be seen what the coming months will bring and what that will mean for decision making.

The head of the National Civil Protection Headquarters also noted that additional efforts should be made when it comes to communication with people when it comes to the measures and decisions regarding the pandemic and he asked for the media to help in that.

“Croatia has an obligation to vaccinate against some diseases. There’s no mandatory coronavirus vaccine because all of this is brand new, but [should that be decided] it wouldn’t be some sort of new thing,” he noted.

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